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Krenov-style Rosewood Smoothing Plane for 2021 Swap

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 06-27-2021 08:11 PM 944 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My contribution to the 2021 Plane Swap was this Krenov-style smoother with Hock blade, rosewood body, and maple inlays and wedge.

I had a cool idea going into this, but fortunately I sought expert advice and it was shot down before I lost much time or materials pursuing it:

So I based my plane on the standard drawing from Hock, but instead of the typical “sandwich” 4-piece build, I took advantage of my CNC router and designed a 2-piece body. Alignment would be crucial since the blade bed would have a glue joint down the middle, so I made a test run with pine using dowels as alignment pins. It was good enough – I may actually use it until the soft pine wears out – but I wasn’t happy with the alignment.
Instead, I decided to use keys arrayed at different angles.

After the CNC work I shaped it by hand for a comfortable feel.
I found it very easy to set up for a perfect fine shaving, and wish I had made another to keep!

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





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Eric

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#1 posted 06-27-2021 08:23 PM

Very nicely done John. I like the contrast with the keys and wedge, looks like a fine tool to use.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 06-27-2021 08:24 PM

That’s a good looking plane and a construction style I haven’t seen before. If you’d like to send the project to Ron Hock, I bet he’d get a kick out of it. Might even ask you for more details.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-27-2021 08:29 PM

Great build!
Hand made tools are the best and this one looks great.

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#4 posted 06-27-2021 09:32 PM

That’s a beautiful plane!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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MikeB_UK

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#5 posted 06-27-2021 09:55 PM

Really nice build John.

I’d (obviously mistakenly) assumed the inlays were strike points instead of alignment keys, cool idea.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 06-27-2021 10:19 PM

As the happy recipient of this plane in the swap, I can tell you all that it is just wonderful to hold and pictures just do not do justice to how beautiful the rosewood is or how finely finished it is. I’ve just done a quick test run but it I got nice shavings with just a couple of quick taps with a mallet to set the blade.

That is a brilliant idea to use the the CNC to shape the bed and cut the keys. That is definitely going into my bag of tricks for a future project.

Thanks John for beautiful tool.

-- 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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pottz

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#7 posted 06-27-2021 11:14 PM

she’s a real beauty.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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#8 posted 06-28-2021 12:00 AM

Very nice. I want.

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#9 posted 06-28-2021 02:53 PM

Fantastic plane John! Excellent design work and wood selections. I really like the 2-piece design and how it let you bookmatch the rosewood. The grain lines really add to the visual appeal of the wood. And the Maple keys give a nice contrast without looking out of place :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Lazyman

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#10 posted 06-28-2021 03:09 PM

A few more pictures in natural light to show just how beautiful this plane is. It must have been tough sending this to someone else but I am happy he did.

-- 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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mikeacg

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#11 posted 06-30-2021 11:04 AM


That is a brilliant idea to use the the CNC to shape the bed and cut the keys. That is definitely going into my bag of tricks for a future project.
- Lazyman

Amen to that Nathan! I will be ‘borrowing’ that idea as well! Those keys are so much classier than dowel alignment pins…

Thanks for sharing John! Beautiful work!!!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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JohnMcClure

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#12 posted 07-01-2021 01:59 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.
It was a pleasure to build and I’m glad it was so well received. Your pictures were so much better than mine, Nathan!
If any of you want the autocad or vcarve files, let me know and I’ll happily share. And if you do, I’ll also tell you about the feature I meant to include but failed.

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

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Lazyman

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#13 posted 07-01-2021 02:52 AM

I like to take project pictures on my patio table where I get indirect natural light to show off the wood grain.

-- 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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HokieKen

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#14 posted 07-01-2021 12:20 PM

I fully agree Nathan. Especially now that I use my phone for 100% of my pics out of sheer laziness. There is some exposure control but even in my light tent I can’t get great pics of wood. But outside at dusk or when it’s overcast, the results are usually great.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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mikeacg

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#15 posted 07-01-2021 02:15 PM

John,

I’m interested in dissecting your V-carve files! I’d like to use keys from now on…

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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