Smoothing plane - small

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Project by GeminiGuy posted 06-22-2010 07:43 AM 2571 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small smoothing plane I constructed from 01 tool steel (base), mild steel (sides) with brass cap and copper plate added for reinforcement. Welded and peined together with the knob & tote made from Jarrah. With tight fitting constraints the adjustment knob is attached to a UV joint, allowing for further movement where necessary. Two grub screws on either side of the sides, tighten up on to the hand blade to prevent slippage and provide lateral adjustment.
The blade is a Stanley and with the mass of the plane, it glides across the timber…

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 08:44 AM

This is really well done, you do some amazing work.

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 10:43 AM

Very nice. A pleasure to work with , no doubt.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 01:05 PM

That is a cool looking plane with some unique twists on the old Norris style design. I really like the use of the set screws to lock the blade and provide lateral adjustment. I am curious as to how your depth of cut adjustment works with that Stanley blade. Could you provide some pics with the blade removed to show us how you did that?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 01:06 PM

I’ve never worked in metal, so I’m no critic…but I think it’s astounding

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 02:06 PM

Nice accomplishment, I would love to take it for a spin…BC

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 03:12 PM

Terrific job. I have occasionally toyed with the idea of making such a plane, but the metal working has scared me off. After looking at your project, it still does. There’s way more to it than I want to tackle. By the way, about how many hours you think you have in it? -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 03:22 PM

Great looking plane, I am envious of your skill with wood and metal!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 05:15 PM

Very nice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 05:22 PM

very cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 05:37 PM

Beautiful work !
And welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#11 posted 06-22-2010 09:07 PM

Very nice! You put a lot of time into this one. My friend Toolchap will like this!
Welcome to LJ’s and post more of your work…please…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 05:09 PM

awesome job! I think making an infill plane might satisfy my love of metal work and woodwork all in one shot (not that I’m good at either one).

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#13 posted 07-08-2010 09:12 AM

A response to some of the questions.

In terms of time put into the project, I must admit I was not monitoring hours spent on it, just the occasional work on it on the weekends, but if I were to put a time on it, approx 40 – 50 hrs.

In terms of the mechanism for the depth of cut adjustment, it is as per a Veritas Hand plane, no different, except I have a UV joint attached just before the knurled knob due to space restrictions where the rear handle is.

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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#14 posted 09-08-2010 08:30 PM

You say a “small” smoothing plane. What is the actual length? I ask because I have an old block plane body that I’m considering turning into a sort of infill plane, and was wondering what the practical limit might be for a smoother.

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