Thickness hand plane (post)

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Project by mafe posted 04-29-2021 09:36 PM 1884 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thickness hand plane
from old classic wood plane.

The other day, when I were going though the planes, I found the one that became THE FASTEST HAND PLANE IN THE WORLD and then this one, I simply can’t remember from where I got any of them, but they were there on one of the shelves with wooden planes and both of them were full of soul, but had some issues.

This one needed love, but had plenty of life in it, so it got a new purpose, from smoother to thickness plane.

This post is from the blog:

1. Thickness hand plane.
2. Making the sides.
3. Simple wing nut and washer.
4. It works!
5. A sole with soul.
6. Smiles.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even some old planes, that find a new purpose in their life.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 04-29-2021 10:36 PM

Mafe, a couple of years ago I returned to Germany. My mother escaped East Germany in ‘48. This was my 2nd trip back and I had mentioned that I wanted to shop for an old German wood working tool to display in my shop. ON my goodness! Several friends and relatives gave me hand planes, Hovels. I promised a dear friend who gave me several that I would make a nice display cabinet for his. I did and I often show them to visitors. I have two, Hovels with stickers. One says ‘Made in DDR’, the other ‘Made in GDR’. My cousin Frantz explained to me that the DDR Hovel was for domestic sales and the GDR was for export. As a result of the love and kindness of my family and friends I have a collection of over 12-15 German Hovels.

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#2 posted 04-29-2021 11:04 PM

Sweet modification!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-29-2021 11:20 PM

Nice use of that old plane to give it new purpose!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-30-2021 12:53 AM

That is looking good

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 04-30-2021 01:08 AM

Hah, I was going to joke in your fastest handplane project that you had just made a dedicated thicknesser (dedicated because it is fixed thickness) and here you make an actual one. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 04-30-2021 01:25 AM

all your posts of the things you make remind me of some old world craftsman spending many days or weeks making tools that he will use too make beautiful things from have no idea the inspiration you always give me too push harder and strive too be better. (a smile as big as my fat head)

-- 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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#7 posted 04-30-2021 01:33 AM

Nice restoration and giving a new purpose ,like the the simpelness of it.

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 04-30-2021 02:36 AM

The love you gave this plane may be competition for the fastest plane in the world. Just needs wheels.
Nice rebuild.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 04-30-2021 04:04 AM

Always thinking,...Good idea, good design…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 04-30-2021 02:55 PM

Cool, but you can’t fool a fool…

Thickness hand plane
from old classic wood plane.
- mafe

I just don’t believe you mafe... looks like a snow sled to me… next you’ll be putting legs and hooves on another one and call it Rudolph.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 04-30-2021 04:37 PM

Animal shaped planes! Why haven’t I thought of that before? Get your wee ones interested in hand tools early on by having them push a zebra around on some wood.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#12 posted 05-09-2021 10:08 AM

Hi there,

BurlyBob, What a fine story, what a gift. The Germans have a strong woodworking tradition and put a pride in it, the master craftsmen, made their own planes and some of them have amazing carvings, most of Scandinavia make these type of planes also, where the French made them more like Japanese planes, but reversed blade and higher body.
Congratulations with the collection, it must be inspicering for the family.
Lew, Thanks Lew. ;-)
Jim J, We all deserve a second life, remember when I got my neck operation, I kind of had that feeling, smiles.
Eric, Thanks.
Swirt, Laughs, yes that was kind of fun, I were thinking handplane on skates when I saw it. Smiles.
pottz, Thank you Pottz, thank you from my heart, I hope it’s the soul you see, that I put love in it, together with the hours, at least that’s what I try to do. Big warm smile dear Pottz.
Kiefer, Thanks Kiefer, is this can be made really fast, also from an old Stanley, then one can cut thread into the casting…
doubleDD, big smile, I also think it shines from life and love and the ‘skates’ makes it a curiosity. I always try my best to leave a little of my soul, in the things I do, once I’m gone, it will be all that’s left.
mtnwild, I have to think about that… Laughs, yes, that’s me. Thanks.
LittleBlackDuck, Big laugh, I were also thinking a sled once it was standing next to the other.
DevinT, yes that would be a wonderful idea, I can imagine a giraffe plane and a turtle sanding block… Smiles, thanks.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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