Philly style Jack Plane

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I made this plane a while ago at the same time as my Krenov style smoother. The body is laminated from 8/4 maple stock with a Wenge sole for durability. The cheeks were sawn off, the blade bed formed and glued back together. The body was shaped using rasps, files and sandpaper. The handle was shaped using a Lee Valley template and made from Yellow Birch. It is mortised into the base for strength. The overall length is about 16” and is about 2 1/4 inches wide. It is finished with Tried and True original wood finish. It has a Hock blade and chipbreaker in it with a solid brass bar and walnut wedge.

The blade was originally straight and beveled at about 30 degrees. I ground an 8” radius camber on the blade and sharpened for use as a roughing/flattening plane. It works quite well in this configuration.

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#1 posted 11-22-2012 02:10 PM

Nice Plane, and BTW, that looks like a handsome (and very flat) bench that plane is sitting on!!

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#2 posted 11-22-2012 02:16 PM

Looks very nice!

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#3 posted 11-22-2012 04:46 PM

Cool plane Jason.

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 07:40 PM

a great looking plane.

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#5 posted 11-22-2012 07:53 PM

Nice work. That’s a tool to be handed down for generations to come.

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 09:38 PM

Jason, I have a question for you. I see that you have built some Krenov style planes as well. What is the difference of the feel/control in using the Philly? I have thought about making one, but I have always worried that the handle might be too high, making it more sensitive or that I would lose the tactive feedback of a Krenov. What’s your experience/opinion?

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 09:46 PM

Nice plane, Jason!!..........Jim

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#8 posted 11-22-2012 10:23 PM

and why shuoldn´t it :-)
the lenght of it is about the same size the children use as a jointer
in the primery school sloydclasses here in Denmark …. looking good :-)

Anapolis 7
the handle ain´t too high look at how the the backpart of the plane is lowered
this type of plane is called a razee type plane ….. earlyer it was allso known as boatmakers plane
the name comes from navy warships that had there raised for and afterdeck removed and was called razee-sailors from what I can recall here and now :-)

by lowering the backpart of the plane you lowering the pushingforce directly against
the cuting edge of the blade if its done correctly
and it gives better control of the plane says the wice people :-)

I have used both types with no troubles so I don´t care what type I use
though I find the stanley type ironplanes is werd to use with that little frontknop
nothing is done to give the user a good ergonomic grib ….


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#9 posted 11-22-2012 11:11 PM

I agree with you Dennis. I have several handplanes that suits my grip and the position of pushing or drawing it. The Krenov in particular can be used same as the Japanese pull plane. Above plane can also be used by drawing the front. I think it is the user’s conveniency that counts.

I love Philly Edwards planes. I visited him nearly 3 years ago and gave me free the O1 steel that I made it as a blade. I learned also how to hardened and tempered this O1 steel. It still use these planes and the quality is really good.

And Philly link…
I love to look on how wooden planes are made by Philly.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 11-23-2012 11:27 AM

Very nice looking plane.

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#11 posted 11-23-2012 04:47 PM

I really like how it feels in use. Its comfortable and easy to control. I had made the smoother initially in the Krenov style but don’t feel like I can get a good hold of it. Perhaps it was too wide for my hands. I really like the tote and front grip to use this plane. With the cambered blade, it does a great job of initial flattening.

Thanks for your feedback!

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#12 posted 12-02-2012 02:01 PM

I really like this. I have an old 22in Auburn Jack Plane with a really nice thick blade. Slipping that into a new body like yours would really make it “new” again. Thanks for the idea!

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