High Angle Block Plane

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Project by Seenya posted 04-12-2012 05:06 PM 2239 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like wooden hand planes and while working with some Bolivian Rosewood I realized I needed a plane with a higher angle to avoid tearout. Well, since I had some hard maple and walnut left over I decided to make one. I had a couple of questions and sent Ron Hock an email. He answered me back almost immediately and gave me some good advice. (Thanks, Ron!) I laminated some of the maple and walnut to make the wedge. Sanded it to 220 grit and put several coats of Danish oil on it. Being a high angle plane (50 degrees) and not having an adjustment knob it’s a little finicky to get set up but once it is it works like a charm!

I would have taken more pictures in the beginning but my camera broke and I just got a new one. I had some from my phone but they weren’t very good.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 05:44 PM

nice looking plane.

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 07:46 PM

very nice plane.

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 01:41 AM

Great looking plane! Need to make one for myself to use on hard curly maple. Thanks for the post and pics.

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 03:53 AM

Thanks, guys.

-- Semper Fi

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 06:36 PM

Nice looking plane. I’m definitely going to try making a plane or two one day. Not to be nit-picky, but is the pin loose? From the side shots it looks like its got a lot of room – was that an accident or by design? I guess it doesn’t cause too much trouble once the wedge is in there tight?

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 08:38 PM

The cross pin isn’t glued in. It will rotate with the wedge/iron. It’s not as tight as I’d like it but causes no trouble. As I found out, my tenon cutter and forstner bit don’t quite match!

I have made planes before where I just used a dowel and glued it in. They work fine. I just wanted to try something different and a little more challenging.

-- Semper Fi

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 08:14 AM

Wonderful plane.
Nice work.
Best thoughts,

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

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