Extra-Wide Plane with Forged Blade for Kez

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Project by bobasaurus posted 06-13-2019 04:18 AM 1288 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a plane I recently made for the Colorado Kezurou-kai event. I took second place with it (out of only four competitors, so not very impressive). I forged the blade from 1018 steel laminated with a Starrett O1 bit, hardened and tempered to a little over RC60. It has a western-style taper, thicker at the cutting edge. I built a Krenov laminated plane body for it out of padauk and walnut, but configured as a pull plane with the sole hollowed like a kanna. The bed is at 40 degrees, and the blade is just over 2 3/4” wide.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 06-13-2019 04:20 AM

Looks realy extra… Kind of japaneese style

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-13-2019 05:37 AM

James would love it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 06-13-2019 07:18 AM

Nice looking plane, Allen. Never cottoned to pull planes myself for some reason, but some folks swear by them.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 06-13-2019 11:38 AM

That is pretty amazing

-- Petey

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#5 posted 06-13-2019 12:17 PM

Really nice.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 06-13-2019 01:04 PM

Beauty Allen. Nicely done on the iron as well as the body!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 06-13-2019 01:50 PM

Beautiful plane, Allen. That’s some nice, tight grained walnut.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 06-13-2019 01:52 PM

that is a beautiful tool,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 06-13-2019 02:12 PM

beautiful plane Allen love the wood combo and metal work GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 06-13-2019 03:14 PM

Great work, very clean

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-13-2019 08:35 PM

Good combination and contrast of woods.
I get the Japanese pulling technique.
I use some of my smaller western planes that way.
Once you get used to pull saws it hard to go back to a push type.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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#12 posted 06-14-2019 05:06 AM

Very cool. I’ve been wanting to make a plane like that. After I got that genno hammer you forged for the hammer swap last year I bought a cheap ($10) Japanese pull style plane from amazon and it’s become my go to hand plane. It works amazingly well for a $10 plane.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 06-14-2019 11:11 PM

Very nice job. I hope u enjoy using it.

-- AJ

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#14 posted 06-16-2019 01:11 AM

Beautiful plane and you forged your own blade, that is pretty impressive. I just recently built a few Krenov planes and love them.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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