Bauhaus Block Plane TS/Krenov style

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Project by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 10-13-2013 09:13 AM 11053 views 16 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When reading through LJ you get the impression that there are two major steps in developing into a true LumberJock: Building your own workbench- and building your ovn plane(s)

Thought i´d start with a plane.

I needed a block plane for my Book rack to camfer all the edges. What I wanted was:
- A plane with narrow “sides” in order to get close to the corners
- A plane that is modern in style
- A plane that fit an existing blade
- A plane that is comfortable to hold
- A plane that is fun to build!

Found some hard, dry, straight beech in the wood pile (old legs from a bed). And a dowel made of palisander.
Had this 27mm laminated chisel iron that i made some years ago. It is really hard and has swedish high alloy steel in it but I newer was really satisfyed with the shape of it and thought this was a great chance to use it.

Dimensions are 140×35x30mm. The sides are 4mm wide. Went with about 20 degrees angle on the blade.

It surprised me just how easy and accurate the Krenov method of making planes is. Perhaps another plane could be a project to do with my son so that he too can become a true LumberJock…

This low angle design does not allow for much sideways movement of the blade so the only really difficult part of this build was to grind the iron to a perfect 90 degree angle in order to cut even across the with. Finished with a oil/wax polish.

I think it came out really nice and is a pleasure to hold and use. Let me know what you think!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 12:33 PM

Nice plane and nice observation on the steps to becoming a true LJ. You’ve done the plane and I’ve done several benches—guess we need to complete the journey.

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 12:54 PM

Excellent project. Welcome to LJs. I like the design.

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

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#3 posted 10-13-2013 01:00 PM

Thanks for the encouraging comments!
HillbillyShooter: I think you just gave the two of us a challenge. Looking forward to see your how your plane turns out – and to build the bench myself…

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 10-13-2013 01:59 PM

Nice little plane. It looks great and seems to work well too. Coincidentally, I was just fooling around with my shop made chisel plane yesterday, wondering if I should just hack off the chisel handle so it would be more comfortable to use.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-13-2013 02:12 PM

Nice build, I like the use of the chisel.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 10-13-2013 02:48 PM

Great job! Love the look of this and it seems to do a great job as well from looking at the shavings. Your on your way to being a true LJ no doubt…. You did forget one right of passage though, Cutting Boards…. LOL great job!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-13-2013 03:15 PM

Stefang: Cut it off. Just do it. It´ll make you happy. Looking forwrd to see the result!
Ken: Thanks. Now that i think of it i probably allso need to make a box to be realy realy tru LJ…

I guess we all have our own steps to reach in order to be “real” or feel that a goal or level is reached. A plane was mine.

Come to think of it- i really like simple designs. And when i have my purist days i can even think that mankinds evolution topped with Bauhaus style. This has had so much impact on our world but there newer seemed to be an influence on tools really. Just realize that it is a Bauhas plane i made!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-13-2013 04:12 PM

Very good observation, Kaerlighedsbamsen. Many planes and benches are built here! Two of the things us woodworkers need!
I really like the design of your plane and it looks like it works very good too.

You appreciate it more if you make it yourself.
Some day you may be a rynkenologist like your fellow LJ from Copenhagen!! (MAFE) ......................................................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-13-2013 06:29 PM

I think it turned out nice too, looks like a great shop made tool..

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 10-13-2013 07:38 PM

Jim: I can see this could be a slope towards going all in rynkenologist..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#11 posted 10-13-2013 08:10 PM

Two builds and twice in my favorites. Keep it up man ! Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#12 posted 10-13-2013 08:48 PM

Great that you like my stuff, Fracois. But in order to deliver a favorite every day i seroiusly need to speed up..!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#13 posted 10-14-2013 01:02 AM

Looks like you well accomplished all of your goals kaerlighedsbamsen. Sweet looking little plane. Just finished mine for the plane swap and sent it off. Gonna see if I can rehab one of my ‘prototypes’ into a user! I love how many variations on the shop made hand plane there are. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 10-14-2013 08:01 AM

Very practical and looks good as well


-- 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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#15 posted 10-16-2013 02:48 PM

And a sweet plane you made. ;-)
Like your approach.
Lovely, just lovely.
Since I never made a workbench, I guess I will never become a LJ, smiles.
I have a wonderful antique one, that I am not willing to trade of, lol.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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