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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 04-21-2020 05:15 PM 1445 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately, I’ve been fascinated by chairmaking and I’ve had my eye on a travisher (a curved spokeshave for carving chair seats and other concave shapes), but I am a low budget hobbyist and they are pretty pricey, so I set out to make one. I don’t know much about metalworking, so making a curved iron for the travisher didn’t fall within my skill range. I came across the Crown Compass Hollowing Plane (Jim White and The Crown Plane Co.), which was developed by Leon Robbins and Mike Dunbar for making Windsor chairs, and really liked the design and decided to try and make one.

Paul Sellers’ video series on how to “Make a Curved-Soled Plane” series on the the CommonWoodworking website was really helpful, so I watched it a couple times , made some notes, and decided to give it a go. The overall dimensions are 4.5” x 2” x 2”. The bottom is has a 9.5” radius along the length and 3.5” across the width.

I used a combination of power tools and hand tools for this build. I used my dovetail saw, chisels, smoothing plane, and router plane and then cleaned things up the angles on my disc sander since my hand tool skills are still lacking.

Material: The sides are made from Spalted Maple (weathered wood paneling that I got for free from Craigslist). The center is Maple and the iron was shaped from an extra Craftsman block plane iron.

This is the first wooden plane I’ve made and I really liked how it looked as it came together, but that wouldn’t matter if it didn’t work properly. I finished it up and tested it out and am happy to say that it takes nice and clean shavings.

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/





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#1 posted 04-21-2020 11:07 PM

Good job researching and building your plane. It looks amazing and a great accomplishment as your first plane build. Enjoy use it.

-- AJ

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#2 posted 04-22-2020 02:34 AM

That plane looks great. Nice touch with the spalted sides.

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#3 posted 04-22-2020 02:41 AM



Good job researching and building your plane. It looks amazing and a great accomplishment as your first plane build. Enjoy use it.

- AJ1104

Thanks! It was a fun build and I look forward to using it.

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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Acts65Woodworks

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#4 posted 04-22-2020 02:42 AM



That plane looks great. Nice touch with the spalted sides.

- swirt

Thanks! I had been saving the spalted maple for a while.

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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scrapwoodworker

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#5 posted 04-22-2020 02:44 AM

That looks great! Do you have a particular chair that you are planning on making?

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Acts65Woodworks

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#6 posted 04-22-2020 03:06 AM



That looks great! Do you have a particular chair that you are planning on making?

- scrapwoodworker


I had a Welsh Stick Chair in mind

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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#7 posted 04-22-2020 04:45 AM

The spalt makes it an eye catcher. Whats the bed angle on it?

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#8 posted 04-22-2020 05:29 AM

Beautiful! I’d love to see it in action. Now that you’ve built a far more complex tool, why not buy a travisher blade and build the simple one? I got mine here http://handtoolwoodworking.com/travishers/ from Elia. He sells the finished product too but you can just get the blade… I have one sitting around to make (with a different sweep) that I’ll get to eventually.

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-- Todd

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#9 posted 04-22-2020 05:33 AM



The spalt makes it an eye catcher. Whats the bed angle on it?

- therealSteveN


I really like the spalted Maple. The bed angle is set at 45

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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Acts65Woodworks

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#10 posted 04-22-2020 05:33 AM



Beautiful! I’d love to see it in action. Now that you’ve built a far more complex tool, why not buy a travisher blade and build the simple one? I got mine here http://handtoolwoodworking.com/travishers/ from Elia. He sells the finished product too but you can just get the blade… I have one sitting around to make (with a different sweep) that I’ll get to eventually.

Click for details

- Chiaroscuro


Thanks! I’m definitely considering it.

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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Acts65Woodworks

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#11 posted 04-22-2020 05:35 AM



Beautiful! I’d love to see it in action. Now that you’ve built a far more complex tool, why not buy a travisher blade and build the simple one? I got mine here http://handtoolwoodworking.com/travishers/ from Elia. He sells the finished product too but you can just get the blade… I have one sitting around to make (with a different sweep) that I’ll get to eventually.

Click for details

- Chiaroscuro


Yours looks great! How do you like it? What radius did you get?!

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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