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Project by MikeB_UK posted 06-26-2021 05:34 PM 837 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Screw stem plough plane

Somewhat bigger and curvier than the traditional ones.

Main body is a sandwich of spalted beech with a beech core, screws are birch and the strike points and wedge are bubinga.

Rambling blog of the build here.

Made with hand tools only, as always feel free to give advice and criticism.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.





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pottz

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#1 posted 06-26-2021 06:59 PM

man that is gorgeous.

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 06-26-2021 07:11 PM

Golly, that’s a pretty one, Mike! Sorry you couldn’t participate in the swap, but glad you get to keep your beautiful plane!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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MikeB_UK

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#3 posted 06-26-2021 07:22 PM

Cheers guys, I said I was glad I didn’t have to ship it :)

I figured I’d go with pretty wood over plane making ability, works great though (It’s why I went with a plough plane, If the skate is straight nothing else really matters).
I reckon I’ll replace those beech nuts with bubinga ones at some point.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#4 posted 06-26-2021 07:40 PM

That is one very impressive piece of craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 06-26-2021 08:32 PM

Very impressive piece of cellulose and lignin engineering.

-- 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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#6 posted 06-26-2021 08:49 PM

Thanks BurlyBob

Cheers Nathan, I’m also hoping it doesn’t fall apart at the spalting layers – I, either, carefully calculated all the fracture points and contstucted the plane accounting for them, or randomly stuck it together and hoped for the best.
Honestly it’s a bit of both, aim for the stars while crawling in the mud :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#7 posted 06-26-2021 09:57 PM

Gorgeous!

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#8 posted 06-27-2021 12:28 PM

Phenomenal, beautiful, intriguing… that’s a piece of craftsmanship!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#9 posted 06-27-2021 12:38 PM

Is it a train, or is it a plane? Serious bit of kit there, Man. I bet it is a dream to use.

I assume you know beech is the traditional wood used for handplanes in Europe.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#10 posted 06-27-2021 03:42 PM

Incredible work.
Who doesn’t love a tool that is a piece of art.
Well Done!!!

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MikeB_UK

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#11 posted 06-27-2021 04:09 PM

Cheers Devin

Thanks John, the trick is to use pretty wood so no one sees the flaws :)

Cheers Brian, works well, the extra heft helps and the fence is shaped to be comfier than a traditional plough.
Yeah, beech is stable, easy to work and has that weird grain that makes it much harder wearing than it should be.
Saying that I’ve got a few oak planes and the French seemed to use a lot of cormier.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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MikeB_UK

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#12 posted 06-27-2021 04:11 PM

Thank you MrWolfe, it’s always a bonus if the tool can make you smile before you even start using it

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#13 posted 06-27-2021 09:21 PM

I feel one tends to try a little harder when using beautiful tools. You are on your way to making some masterpieces!

Beautiful plane – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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MikeB_UK

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#14 posted 06-27-2021 09:46 PM

Thanks Steve, I feel I’m a bit off the masterpieces, but slowly crawling in that direction ;)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#15 posted 06-28-2021 09:43 PM

That looks beautiful and must have been a ton of work to make.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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