Exercise in Handplane Making

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Project by jjw5858 posted 11-12-2011 02:43 AM 2158 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This would be unfair of me to really call this a project…since it was literally off the cuff, and the idea had begun during a session in my shop of waiting for some glue to dry on some simple poplar bench hooks I made.

But sometimes I get ideas….and they are mostly an opportunity to take on new challenges. Roy Underhill put it best when he wrote…......

“I am less concerned with numbers and measurements than I am with promoting experience and the development of confidence in your senses.” The Woodright’s Shop: A practical guide to traditionl woodcraft

That incredible line always caught me…and over the last few days…..I surely was reminded of it and glad for having read it….lol

So I went on a journey…some good moments….some goof ups…and a nice amount of experience.

This was quickly designed for a cheap 1 1/8 wide blade I had sharpened up that cost a buck from a Sunday auction (See, I told ya some goof ups…lol). Yes It’s not exactly anything to fill your floor with shavings…lol…....but ultimatley I got more concerned with…... could I even mortise, wedge and put this design into 3d without any plan other than looking and reading here and there??

I have only been tinkering around with woodshopping for a little over a year and a half…...but I had to try it.

So on I went! I mortised with my 2 dollar eggbeater Stanely handrill at a rough 45 degree angle in my wood vice and some crossed fingers….thats was hard to do all at once…lol….and on and on….I realized…this…..this is an exercise.

Let your inner senses commit to the job at hand…and win lose or draw the end result will be worth the sweat and four letter words…lol

So I did get some shavings!.....Nothin fancy…It needs a better blade…..but to actually get this horse on the trail….I was as excited as a 10 year old..not bad since I am 40 pushing 15…lol

Mortices, pin, carving…etc everything is completely done by hand.

With all of that…. here is my little Maple Plane prototype!

I hope this might catch someones enthusiasum.
Enjoy all of your adventures and thanks for all of your great projects!

Here comes another idea…....I see a a good German Doublebock beer in my future…......Cheers Friends!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 02:59 AM

Nice one! Looks like it was a fun one.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Don W

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 03:01 AM

that is one cool little plane. It made me smile even before I started reading. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 04:21 AM

Great idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 11-12-2011 04:29 AM

Beautiful form. I wish I could claim that kind of work, but even after 2 years, I’m still at the hack, chop and glue it together then cut it till it looks good stage!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 04:31 AM

Very cool and all done by hand,Wow!..............Jim

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

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 04:49 AM

Very impressive. I have so enjoyed seeing what you make. It really inspires me to do more with traditional hand tools.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 05:25 PM

Glad you have time to play around with stuff like this.
I always look at my list of projects I have on the wish list ,not mine !
Nice looking plane project and fun I bet.


-- Kiefer

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