Shoulder Plane

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Project by rkober posted 03-12-2012 03:03 PM 1600 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first plane build which I made for my son’s 13th birthday. A buddy recently gave me a box full of planer blades which I’ve been dreaming up uses for. Top on the list was a shoulder plane but I had been putting it off as I thought it was going to be more difficult than it was. As it turned out it went really well and ended up being a fun project. More importantly the plane works great. The design is not unlike Ron Hock’s kit but I made the side panels in a large dado which made locating the pieces easier. After glue up I planed the side panels to match the body (beech, walnut, and purple heart wedge) and to width, then trimmed the top off, and finally shaped the body on the bandsaw. I cut the blade out with a cut off wheel on my small angle grinder, free handed on the bench grinder, and finally to the stones. This one was just under 3/4”, next 1/2”, and then some profiles I guess.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 03:24 PM

That’s really neat looking and clearly takes a shaving. Well done.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Don W

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 07:52 PM

Great re-use of the planer blades. Sharp looking plane (pun intended)

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

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 10:25 AM

That is way cool. Hand tools made by hand. Beautiful plane.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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