Japanese scraper plane - Dai-Naoshi-Kanna. (Krenov style build)

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Japanese scraper plane Dai-Naoshi-Kanna (Scraper plane)
Krenov style build – Japanese style.

Time for learning a little Japanese…

A symbioses between a Japanese Tachi-Ba-Kanna (standing blade) and a Krenov style scraper plane, made for the purpose of tuning the sole of Japanese hand planes.

My kind sister brought me some Japanese chisels and a plane from her travel in Korea and this inspired me to look a little into Japanese tools. So while on holyday I read the book The care and use of Japanese woodworking tools of Kip Mesirow & Ron Herman (not so impressed) and the wonderful and so inspiring book Japanese woodworking tools their tradition spirit and use by Toshio Odate (please read this book).
After reading Toshio’s words that we must earn our right to use a tool, and that we should not have better tools than we can and will use, I decided to start with my head down and so ordered two planes from a Japanese guy who wrote they were almost new but not working… So I got two more Japanese planes, nothing fancy but with laminated irons and it showed out they were in desperate need for tuning.
The story of tuning I will blog another day, it was great fun and a great learning experience.

1. The Dai-Naoshi-Kanna with the fist shaves.
2. Krenov style build with 95 degrees set of the blade and a straight slope as the Japanese planes.
3. Glue and clamping, I choose to make it with no cross pins.
4. Body with metal cross pin, a cut down block plane blade and a wood wedge (this is not Japanese).
The Japanese plane blades are tapered so they wedge them self into the plane body.
5. The Japanese planes are pulled not pushed this defines the shape.
6. My little Japanese family together with the new guy on the block.

The plane works really fine, even I would prefer softer steel for the iron, since a plane iron is quite hard and therefore not easy to give a burr without breaking the edge.

And finally a thank you to my buddy Bertha for the wonderful book Making and mastering wood planes by David Finck, I used it for inspiration and advice.

My blog on setting up Japanese hand planes.

Hope it can bring some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 11:51 PM

Wonderful as usual MaFe. I am always waiting to see what you come up with.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 07-28-2011 12:18 AM

Great information



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#3 posted 07-28-2011 12:54 AM

Thanks again Mads. You’re a great source of informations and inspiration.
And as someone said: You can’t never have enough clamps, right? (and planes as well!)

Best (I mean it),


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 07-28-2011 02:12 AM

Mad, those are some beautiful planes.

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#5 posted 07-28-2011 02:19 AM

great lookin planes, I want to get that david finck book myself but wasn’t shure there were plans or anything in there on these type of planes but thanks for the info.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#6 posted 07-28-2011 03:52 AM

Great little plane Mads!!! Another very well thought out and executed tool.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#7 posted 07-28-2011 03:54 AM

Nice work. If yiou need a plane to make planes, I wounder how we got the first one? ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 07-28-2011 04:30 AM

Nice planes mafe, I knew you were up to something interesting ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#9 posted 07-28-2011 06:34 AM

Those great planes will be a nice addition to your extensive collection.

As Always Mafe, great job!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 06:45 AM

I wish I could keep up with you and just make everything you do. Of course i also wish I could make them it as well.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 11:19 AM

Mafe, great job buddy! Hope all is well over there. Glad to see you posting cool projects as well.
Talk to you soon.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 11:27 AM

Mads, love your work!
Now i need to get some Japanese hand planse when in Tokyo next time :-)

-- Lars Öhlin [Sweden - Helsingborg - Domsten]

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#13 posted 07-28-2011 02:52 PM

Handsome collection of planes Mads! Enjoyed checking them out…. Hope things are well on your end my friend….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 07-28-2011 03:45 PM

You really are a fanatical rhykenologist. Very interesting blog on Japanese planes, just enough to make me
wish I had more hours in the day to pursue this subject. The planes themselves look great, the addition of
the MAFE brand definitely improves them. Thank you once again for sharing your skill and interest with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 07-28-2011 07:18 PM

Hi guys,
Yes I found a little window of time in my holyday to make a plane and play a little with Japanese tools.
Actually I am working on a shaving horse, but used a Japanese plane and was so excited that I had to learn more, so I ‘eat’ some books on the French holyday and this learned me a lot and inspired me to make this little scraper plane.
Gus, yes I guess I live up to my name… I have planes from so many counties and periods, and love them all for each their history and way to be used. Thank you for the compliment on my new MaFe branding iron in Japanese style, I think also it really fit these Japanese planes well.
Dan, yes life is well here, summer and sun, my fiancé Caro is here and we spend a day with the kids on a wonderful National museum of old houses where I had the chance to look at old workshops from the 1600-1800, so yes sweet is the word.
Lars, tell me if you go! I would love to get the chance one day to go to Japan, it is a old dream of mine.
Ken, thank you, yes I enjoy and especially to have a moment of smelling fresh cut wood in the middle of the holydays… Hope also you are fine and full of smiles.
DonW, I also wish I could keep up with me… Laugh. Yes life should have more hours. Smile.
Ian, not only to the collection but to my hands and joy, I love to use these Japanese planes. Actually the wood planes talks more and more to me, and I like to pull a plane rather than to push it, it is a clever way to use the weight of your body, so I am sure I will end up with a combination between many nationalities of ways to work wood.
Freddy, big smile, I always have a bunch of projects going, it is a sickness I guess…
Topa, yes, the hen and the egg… I love that one.
Michael, these Krenov style planes are so easy to make that once you made a few it is so easy that it is really nothing. I start to enjoy this and have a few on the table when time is there.
Ike, that book is so wonderful, there are no planes but all you need to know to make whatever plane you want, I wish I had that book when I made my first.
CJ, big smile here – and an even bigger when I use them.
Serge, you made me laughed big time. Yes I actually think we can have too many planes, if a plane do not call for you to use it, it is too much… But with all the choices I have they can’t all be used… And I have a strict rule that I can only have one of each size or kind, but this still leaves a wide open gap to fill. Laugh.
Kent, ;-)
David, smile, and now I smile in Japanese also…
Thank you all for your kind comments, I have a warm smile on my lips thanks to you.
I will try and find time to post my blogs on setting up Japanese planes and chisels soon.
Best thought,

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

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