Very first plane build

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Project by rustythebailiff posted 08-04-2013 08:40 PM 2736 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The inspiration for this Old Widow’s Tooth came from several places, not the least being the need for a way to bottom out hand cut dados and a lack of money to buy a factory made router plane. I saw several planes made by other Jocks, and was very impressed with the quality of the work. It also gave me the confidence to go ahead with my project, so I took to the web for material on making a plane like this. As with any hand made item, the designs I found in existing examples made by craftsmen in the past were many and varied. I settled on a simple, yet sturdy shape. One other bit of inspiration I found was Paul Seller’s quick video on making a router plane with a chisel and a 2×4. While more simple than mine, the boring process for the blade was just what I needed.

I chose some mahogany, as it is very dense, and happened to be lying around. I found a small scrap of rock maple to use for the wedge. I bored the initial hole for the channel using a brace and 1/2 inch bit, cut in at a 45 degree angle. Then, using a 1/4 inch chisel I squared out the channel, and tapered it slightly along the front edge. The cut outs in front were made with a coping saw and files. I did use a forstner bit for the mouth, I was afraid the brace and bit might tear the wood too much. Then using files, a paring chisel, and a block plane, I chamfered and rounded the edges, and smooth it all around. The wedge piece was ripped using my brand new lynx rip saw (a bit much saw for the small piece of wood I had, but I was jonesing to use the new addition) and shaped/cleaned up with chisel and plane. After some test fitting and trial and error, everything fit. A test was in order, so I cut a quick dado in a 2 by and did a rough chisel route. I then adjusted the chisel depth in my new OWT, and took it for a spin. The results were perfect, though I think I need to hone the chisel a touch more. I am very happy with the results, and can’t wait to use it on an actual project. This may end my search for a dado plane as well, since I can’t afford one of those either ;-)

Lastly, a little tung oil and paste wax and viola’, c’est finis. Many thanks to my fellow LumberJocks who have posted their examples, giving me the inspiration for my own.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 08:47 PM

That’s a nice OWT, who needs to buy one, when you can make your own. should serve you well, for a long time.
thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 09:10 PM

Very nice, well made. Home made tools that do exactly what you want are the best. If it works, than its better than purchased.
Have fun with this “hand crafted tool”

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 09:30 PM

well done.

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

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 03:32 AM

Thats awesome!! I have been looking online for a router plane. This looks like it will work just as well. Hopefully I’ll be posting my own soon.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 06:31 AM

Nice! is the bevel on the chisel up or down? Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 11:09 AM

Thanks all, it was actually a lot of fun to make.

Candy, the bevel on this is down. I wasn’t sure which would work best, but Paul Sellers’ video shows the bevel down, so I went with that. The angle of the channel is 45 degrees, the same as a bench plane, which has the bevel down. So, I can see his logic. I did consider in my planning going with a lower angle, like 25 degrees, and putting the bevel up. But, I will save that for another build :-)

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#7 posted 08-05-2013 11:51 AM


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 08-05-2013 11:56 AM

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 08-05-2013 02:34 PM

Great router plane!

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

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#10 posted 08-05-2013 02:57 PM

Looks great though I’m curious, where do the shavings go?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#11 posted 08-05-2013 03:38 PM

great little plane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 08-05-2013 11:51 PM

Hey JA, the shavings are pushed ahead in the dado. The small opening in the front is more for visibility than anything else, though in future versions I need to open it up a bit more. I should be able to easily see the lead edge of the chisel, but it’s just barely there.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#13 posted 08-06-2013 12:49 AM

Thanks for the explanation. I see one of these in my future.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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