Wooden Smoothing Plane

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Project by sscartozzi posted 11-18-2017 01:57 PM 2005 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been an amateur wood worker for over 30 years. I have never taken any instructional classes in woodworking. However, I saw this class on making a Krenov style wooden plane offered at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. I have an affection for hand tools, so, I attended the class taught by Craig Vandall Stevens. I throughly enjoyed the whole process. The class took 2 days and was a lot of fun. The comradery, the atmosphere and the people were all part of the experience. Craig led us through the detailed process. It was hands on. He instructed and we did what he showed us. Alan Turner one of the founders of the Workshop also took the class with us. So I was able to learn of the history of the Workshop. The plane body is made of hard maple. The bottom is a 1/8” veneer of bubinga and the wedge is held in with a piece of shaped wenge. I had to leave a little early on the second day. When I got home I then completed the process of filling open the throat and honing the supplied Hock brand plane iron. The plane produces see-through shavings. It is such a joy to use.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 03:19 PM

Congrats on making a fine plane sscartozzi!

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#2 posted 11-18-2017 05:08 PM

Very nice, I have built a few so far, the test is to read a newspaper through the shaving as I am told?
Took a course from a place called Inside Passage, home to of a lot of Krenov’s tools.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 11-18-2017 05:34 PM

NiIce one!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 11-18-2017 09:25 PM

Fine looking plane.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 11-19-2017 01:12 PM

This is a beautiful plane and a fine shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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