Handmade Wood Bench Plane - First Attempt

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Project by WMD2006 posted 11-10-2013 09:59 PM 2583 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Confession: I’ve never been a plane aficionado. I have a tiny block plane from my grandfather that I kept around for light trim work and a Lee Valley because it looks cool.
I had a large figured walnut turning blank sitting around without a purpose so after seeing some wood planes online I decided to build my own. The blade is a 2” #5 from my Groz bench plane which hadn’t seen much use in a while. I might switch it out with something better in the future.
The dimensions are roughly adapted from a plan in Fine Woodworking #196 but I think I skipped about half the steps in haste. I band sawed the sides off, cut the inner sections on a miter saw and then glued them back together with a blackwood pin built from a pen blank. I softened the edges with a rasp and then sanded to 600 grit. The base was then polished flat on my jointer bed up to 1500 and I ran the block plane to put a very minor chamfer on each lower side. After sharpening the blade and setting it straight, I’m amazed at how easy it cuts to a mirror finish.
Surprisingly fun to put together.
Finish is danish oil, spray poly and buffed-on turner’s wax.

-- -MDWhite

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#1 posted 11-10-2013 10:21 PM

well done. Hope to see many more.

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 06:26 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 11:24 AM

Awesome job Quigon! It’s always cool when art meets functionality.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 12:45 PM

Looks like a keeper. Nice one.

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