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Project by Harold posted 11-21-2007 06:08 AM 7030 views 20 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen so many of the incredible planes and tools you all have, I thought I would risk your wrath and just share a couple of mine, The planes are pretty typical, I think the only unusual thing may be the corian throats I have put in a couple, other than that, just nice comfortable little planes. The pull saws are just some extra long handles I put on a set of Bear blades my wife gave me as a gift, gotta love that woman. The third is a shoulder plane I made up out of an old teflon frying pan. The blade was salvaged from an old plastic handled stanley chisel, I kow it looks the worse for wear, but it really does work well.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#1 posted 11-21-2007 06:17 AM

Great looking planes. The saws are also very nice. better than my plastic handled ones.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-21-2007 06:56 AM

Hehehe. Looks like my wife’s teflon frying pan is in need of replacement.

Nice planes!

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#3 posted 11-21-2007 07:12 AM

You’ll find no wrath here, Harold. This is the nicest internet community I’ve ever come across! Your shopmade tools are beautiful. I wish I had access to some of the woods you use. Right now, living in Germany, my selection of “exotics” is very limited. I had to order some purpleheart from the states a few months back. It blows the Germans’ minds to see wood that is naturally purple. They’ve never heard of it! I dare not mention koa.

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 11-21-2007 07:19 AM

Gash! I wish I could do some of those!
They are very nice indeed.
Want are you using for a blade?
I noticed in the last pic that your shoulder plane has adjustment for the frog or am I seeing things?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 11-21-2007 08:02 AM

Great shop made tools there! What types of woods did you use?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 11-21-2007 02:26 PM

Harold, Those are some good looking planes. Mr. Krenov would be proud. That is some awfuly pretty wood on all these. Oh and the shoulder plane really looks like it will work well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-21-2007 02:48 PM

a frying pan?? Amazing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 11-21-2007 02:55 PM

Very nice, & some great looking wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 11-21-2007 03:32 PM

Harold, very nice. They look wonderful. The corian throat is superb. I’ve got to try making some of these.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 11-21-2007 04:15 PM

Yes sir, you won’t find any wrath here but envy…Envy rules! And I see that you protect them (shotgun) very well!I definately may need to copy those saw handles! Gotta have me some of those!

Now I gotta go see what else you’ve done for projects as well.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 11-21-2007 04:20 PM

I’m with Dadoo….as green with envy as the background of his icon.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 11-21-2007 05:29 PM

Bob#2, I use the Krenov style HOCK blades, I have made up several bodies for the 1-1/2” blades, then I can switch between the straight and scrub iron quick. No adjustment for the frog however, I had hoped to use all brass bolts, but I only had three, so used some surplus stainless door hardware for the remainder, I thread the holes thru and then counter sink one side and peen the other once it is tight. unfortunately, I was frustrated not having enough brass, so peened them over with my framing hammer, hence the pecker tracks.

Dorje, the wood for the most part is Ohia, it looks like it could be a cousin to Walnut when milled. The saws are L to R, Ohia, Koa, Jacaranda, and the flush cut is Kaiwe, or mesquite. All of it cut from branches and scraps.

SPalm, the corian works perfectly, and cuts and shape with our wood working tools, gotta try it. I would love to make a nice smothing plane with a fluted corian sole dovetailed in one day. Like I mentioned the corian comes from sink cut-outs and such in the counter tops. some of the new patterns look just like marble, neat stuff.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#13 posted 11-21-2007 05:37 PM

Oh! on your saw handles, make em longer than you think you would like, then add a couple inches, and then try a cut. I hold them at the very end. it helps me to sight down the blade and keep it plumb and also makes it more difficult to put too much pressure on the blade which is the quickest way to veer off. They do help me overcome my bad habits.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#14 posted 11-21-2007 06:01 PM

Those are beautifully crafted. I wish your photos would do them more justice. I would really like to see some of those planes and saw handles better! It seems you took the picture as if it was just a pile of stuff. They deserve to be DISPLAYED! I especially like the plane with the racing stripes.

Thanks for sharing and please don’t be apologetic!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 11-21-2007 06:09 PM

Dadoo, that’s my pellet gun you can see, we have two pheasants that are sneaking up and eating my strawberries, the bad thing about it, is they don’t just eat a whole berrie, they just peck em all once or twice. Ive knocked enough feathers off to make a head dress, but they just keep coming back.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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