Call me Jack...

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Project by Div posted 05-15-2011 09:24 PM 3638 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Call me Jack…

They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So I decided to play some. Thing is, when it comes to woodworking, work and play is very close in my case; same location, same tools, same materials. The only real difference lies in my mind, in my motivation….

Someone recently gave me a Pink Ivory pen blank, 20mm(3/4”) x 20mm in section. Only I’m not a pen maker, I don’t even own a lathe. What to do with such a small piece of very rare wood? The rhykenologist in me decided to make a tiny Japanese type pull plane.

The plane iron was made from an old HSS jointer knife. High Speed Steel is pretty neat stuff to use for plane irons. It doesn’t mind being overheated during the grinding process. No worries if it goes blue or even red, the heat doesn’t affect the material’s properties! Because it is pretty hard, it can chip easily though and won’t hone to an extremely keen edge. Still, it is good enough. I set the iron at 47 degrees which is a good compromise for an all round plane.

At a little over 3” long, about 5/8” wide, you can take this baby anywhere. Especially good for planing your fingernails whilst sitting in a traffic jam………

Photo #1: Side view next to my Boxwood Rabone folding ruler, the inch graduations especially for my American friends. This ruler is brand new, still in its box, never used. I bought it maybe 15 years ago from this dingy hardware store, old stock, last one on the shelf, hidden behind a lot of newer crappy items.
Photo#2: With the obligatory shavings in the mouth, especially for Dennis.
Photo#3: Another view.
Photo#4: View from behind.
Photo#5: A terrible photo but it shows the sole. Forgive!

Oh, that color is not caused by a digital devil; it really is the color of the wood. Thanks for looking; I hope it can inspire someone to make their own baby plane!

Yours in sawdust

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 09:33 PM

Ok Jack, this is a great piece of small woodworking! What a wonderful piece of pink ivory. I just got a block and it doesn’t look near a good as yours. Thanks for sharing!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 09:39 PM

I love it Jack :-) its a buty
no doubt about that
thank´s for sharing Jack

here after its still Div from me :-)

take care

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 09:40 PM

nice chisel

you do good work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 10:59 PM

Jack you have made a wonderful little kinky pinky!
I think I will go as fare as to call you Jackisan.
Love this sweet little tool.
Best thoughts brother,
And wonderful to see you have some play time now.

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

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 11:29 PM

Is it a Chisel?

Is it a plane?


It’s Superpink!

Nice one Div

So lets see

In Scotland it is the Loch Ness Monster

In America it’s a Pink Elephant

& in Africa….........................

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 12:23 AM

I love your signature on it by the way!

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 01:04 AM

Hey Div, between you & Mads you will be putting the tool manufacturing boys out of business :)))))
great looking tool, I guess being pink it will be easier to find being soo small

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 05:21 AM

”Especially good for planing your fingernails whilst sitting in a traffic jam………”

8-| Please tell me you are practicing your marketing technique for California girls. ;)

Nice display of your skills on the small scale. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 06:28 AM

Oh my word Div. You really have talent in spades. That is absolutely beautiful!

-- What man is a man who does not try to make the world around him better.

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#10 posted 05-16-2011 10:44 AM

Hi Div, this is another great project, between you, Mads and Jan (toolchap) you guys make me smile.
As for inspiration, I have a hand plane that has been lying on the shelve for a long time, I have tried using it and I admit it is just easier to use the power plane.

Thanks for sharing such a lovely project Div.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 05-16-2011 11:17 AM

If we are to call you Jack, wouldn’t this be a Jack plane?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 12:19 PM

Div, Leave it to you to come up with something like this. Nice show for your “frame of motivation”.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 05:21 AM

That’s a nice little plane Div ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 06:19 AM

Hi there Div, love traditional Japanese approach to woodworking and this little “PINKIE”is no exception !! If only I could find time to aspire to Your abilities and create works of art like You !! Oh well I guess I will just have to watch You have all the fun for now,but one day I will have My day in the sun and create little gems like this beautiful and well crafted jack plane. My hat is off to You Sir,well done as usual !!!.........ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#15 posted 05-17-2011 04:07 PM

Hey Div – Very cool. I’d like to see a close-up of your logo on top and an explanation on how you apply it – carve, stamp, burn?

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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