2013 Hand Plane Swap

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Project by BTimmons posted 10-10-2013 08:45 PM 2534 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gather around children, and I’ll tell you the story about The Ugly Little Jack Plane That Could.

I’ve been lurking and infrequently posting to this site for almost a couple of years now. I sat out the last swaps this site did, the mallets and marking gauges. I wasn’t confident enough in my ability to make something that another woodworker would want to have, to say nothing about frequently using it in their shop. Then it was decided that wood body hand planes would be next. Well, the challenges on Lumberjocks weren’t getting any easier, so I figured that I might as well jump in with both feet and either sink or swim.

So how did I do? In my own estimation, I kept my head above water. But just barely. There are all sorts of things that could’ve been designed better, more than a few “oops” moments, and details that should have been done with more care and patience. Of course, experience is something only acquired immediately after you needed it.

What I ended up with was this razee style jack plane. I decided on a jack for my first homemade plane because it wouldn’t need as much material as a jointer, and wouldn’t require as much precision as a smoother. Alas, I couldn’t even swing the 20 bucks for “Nice Ash” iron like I wanted. Ah, the life of a broke young family man. I decided to use an iron from a circa 1980s Stanley #4 that was never put together that well to begin with, although the iron was still good, of course. I ground the iron with a camber, who knows to what radius, I just eyeballed it. Sharpened and stropped with a freshly dressed chip breaker, and away I went. As you can see in the second picture, it takes a healthy scoop out of a board for quickly knocking down the high spots. So, while it won’t win a beauty contest, I can at least console myself in that it works as intended.

Made from red oak, with a cherry tote and sides, finished with boiled linseed oil. Thanks for looking, everyone. I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for the swap.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 09:17 PM

I will say that this came out very nice, yep, quite nice indeed. Something to be proud of, and used plenty. Nice work.

-- "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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#2 posted 10-10-2013 10:02 PM

Very nice wee plane
It does the job that it was intended to do
Start making that Jack Plane


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 10:16 PM

I admire that you stopped lurking and jumped in. I am still building my confidence which seems to be harder than building some of my projects.

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 12:51 AM

You’ve done a very nice job on this project. Congratulations!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 02:05 AM

Brian that is a great looking plane! Looks like something Roy Underhill would whip out of his tool box. Well done.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 02:52 AM

Candy, that’s high praise indeed. Thank you.

On another note, it seems there’s been a bit of confusion for us doing the swap. Well, me and one other guy so far. Turns out we weren’t supposed to post pictures until the 20th. Oops.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 03:28 AM

That’s a nice plane indeed.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 04:16 AM

That’s a very nice plane Brian, congratulations on a fine build.

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 12:20 PM

Great work on the plane. It looks like a user to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-11-2013 01:59 PM

“Looks like something Roy Underhill would whip out of his tool box” Totally agree, great looking plane, fine work!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#11 posted 10-11-2013 02:23 PM

Very nice, way to be ahead of everyone else on completing and shipping… Mine only went out yesterday :-P

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#12 posted 10-11-2013 02:56 PM

I would be happy to receive this plane. Nice job!

Also, I missed the restriction on posting pictures until the 20th as well. Sorry everybody!

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#13 posted 10-11-2013 04:59 PM

Very nice plane. Wood hogging is a useful function, and your razee style looks very practical. I’ve never truly cambered an iron as freehand sharpening it seems difficult… is it worth trying? I do ease the edges a hair to prevent tracks on smoothing planes.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#14 posted 10-11-2013 05:36 PM

Allen, thanks. Only the grinding is done freehand. And slowly at that. When I actually hone the iron, I still use a rolling guide. The only difference is that you have to rock side to side as you go. It’s easier than it sounds, and someone as skilled as yourself should have no problem with it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#15 posted 10-11-2013 07:59 PM

WOW that looks like a plane I received in the Mail !!!!

Oh Wait !

Thanks to BTimmons for a wonderful plane, I can only hope my recipient likes the one I made.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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