Wooden plane for my 3 year old son

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Project by shampeon posted 06-20-2013 03:44 AM 2334 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On Father’s Day I got the gift of some uninterrupted shop time in the morning and early afternoon. Felt good. That evening my 3 year old son Milo asked me what I was doing, and I said I was making things. He said, “Daddy, can you make me something?” Why not? So I told him that I would. He, of course, thought I could make something in just a couple minutes.

I decided to make him a “toy” wooden plane, with a wood blade, a la Marcus's awesome project. This was my first wooden plane, and I basically mostly winged it on the design apart from looking up the angles for the cuts (45 and 62, for those scoring at home). I used hickory for the center piece, with claro walnut sides, and a brass rod for the cross-pin. The wooden blade is birch, and the wedge is padauk.

I finished it with a walnut Danish oil/shellac mix for the body (which really made the hickory look great), and BLO/mineral spirits/shellac mix for the blade and wedge.

Final dimensions are 7” long, 2 /14” wide, and a 1 3/8” blade width. When Milo is older, I’ll replace the wooden blade with a real one (probably a custom one, as that’s not really a standard blade size).

Milo loved it, and spent this afternoon outside “planing” some scrap wood I gave him. But he better watch out, ‘cuz Desi was watching, and working on his technique too, when big brother was off playing with some trucks.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 04:29 AM

That’s wonderful, Ian. Looks like you’re gonna have to make a second one for Desi. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 04:53 AM

Nice man. Your little one has his skew down without even looking.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 08:07 AM

Great job looks like he loves it and one day I hope he will be as good a woodworker as you and thanks for posting.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 11:30 AM

Looks great Ian. I still have to wait a week for my kid’s bday to give it to him. He’s lucky I didnt take it back down to the basement this morning when I was smoothing out some curly maple.

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 11:32 AM

And by the way, the picture of your living room makes me feel so much better about mine. I feel like I’m in the middle of a losing battle against toys…good to see I’m not alone!

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 12:48 PM

Wonderful project, and for a budding craftsman too!

I agree that the Hickory looks fantastic with that finish. I think I just found a new attraction to Hickory.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#7 posted 06-20-2013 03:40 PM

Shamp: What a great project and a great way to foster interest in our craft. Really well done.

To all those with small children and toy box living rooms. Remember it is a long battle but you will win eventually. My youngest just graduated HS and the living room has been ours for a while.

Also remember that the battle against the toy strewn living room is the funnest battle you will ever engage in. Enjoy it while you can. They grow up way too fast.

-- - Terry

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#8 posted 06-20-2013 03:55 PM

Brandon: yeah, that was clear about 2 seconds after Desi got his hands on it.

woodcox: Desi was keeping an eye out to see if big brother was going to come take it away, but my wife and I both agreed he was a natural.

Marcus: thanks for the inspiration, and yeah, it’s ridiculous, the toy creep. As the day progresses, it’s like watching entropy.

I appreciate the compliments, everyone.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 04:02 PM

Too cool man. It’s fun to get them involved. As our youngest says, “Daddy loves his sharpies(planes).”

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#10 posted 06-20-2013 07:35 PM

Came out great man, I need to make my boys some of those.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 06-20-2013 08:18 PM

It looks great. How proud are you gonna be when he makes you one.

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

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#12 posted 06-20-2013 08:47 PM

Good stuff. Extra props for what looks like a highly organized room, looks like a toy bomb went off in our living room.

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#13 posted 06-23-2013 06:18 PM

Held aloft in triumph. :-)

Fantastic work Ian.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 06-19-2014 10:33 PM

Nice job Ian! Your Son will be planing the coffee

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