Making a Krenov Style Jatoba Smoother - Another Enjoyable Seminar

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Project by Woodbridge posted 06-09-2013 12:47 AM 2803 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its both a blessing and a curse that I live within minutes of one Lee Valley store and within about 45 minutes drive of three others in the Toronto area. The good news is that I get to take advantage of many of the very educational and practical seminars they offer at each store. The bad news of course is that I spend way to much time buying tools.

Over the last two days I participated in their “Make a Wooden Hand Plane Seminar”. We had a wonderful instructor, who in his own right is an accomplished woodworker and craftsperson. He took us through the step by step process of building a Krenov style smoother plane and along the way helped us improve our skills using various hand and power tools, better understand the behaviour of wood, how to sharpen the plane iron, and of course how to use a hand plane.

The plane is made from Jatoba, has a 1/1/2 inch Hock plane blade and chip breaker. Its about 11” long by 2 3/8 inches wide.

I decided to build a plane hammer to use with my new plane. The hammer is made from two metal shower heads ( the low flow kind) that I had in my box of various plumbing parts. I was able to screw and solder them together. Its plugged at the small end with a brass cap soldered and at the other end with a walnut plug epoxied in place. The walnut handle is a piece of a rocker spindle that I had left over from my Maloof rocker.

Now that I know how to make a hand plane I have a number of friends, and nephews that might be getting one for their birthday or at Christmas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 01:33 AM

Are you bragging or complaining ? Another nice one! LOL!

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 02:11 AM

Nice Job, Looks good, I must look for some plans, I’m always needing a router.

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 04:33 PM

Nice looking tool.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 05:57 PM

Well done, looks great!!

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#5 posted 06-09-2013 09:17 PM

Thanks everyone. I spent the day building a small plane hammer and have included another picture and updated description.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 01:49 AM

Very nicely done, like the carving on the wedge!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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