Purpleheart Planes

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Project by 12strings posted 03-22-2013 06:33 PM 2147 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are 2 planes I have made from purpleheart. They are both krenov-style construction.

The large one is almost as long as a Jack plane, and I use it with a heavily cambered iron for fast & rough removal, basically a scrub plane.

The little one is a smoother, 52 deg. pitch, using a block-plane blade. Once the bottom was tuned it take some thin shavings. The body shaping was done with my compound mitre saw, and then softened the corners enough so it doesn’t cut me. I have no intention of further refining the shape, as it works perfectly fine now, and is comfortable to hold. I will put some tung oil on it when I get around to it.

The last picture shows my complete arsenal of planes for comparison…a small but very useful set:
-Wooden Rabbet Plane
-Wooden “Ohio Tools” try Plane
-Stanley #5 Jack plne
-Wooden scrub plane
-Cheap stanley Block plane (Once tuned, ie sanded & filed, it works well)
-Small Wooden Smoother.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 08:08 PM


-- Joel

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 01:33 AM

Nice work. Isn’t it great fun to make your own tools? I look forward to seeing more.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 02:42 AM

Well, not with purpleheart…I’ve sworn off of the stuff…I’ll use the small scraps i have, but I’m never buying it again…it’s too hard!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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