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Project by shipwright posted 12-12-2013 12:15 AM 6455 views 16 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started with the chevalet. I was looking for a better way to cut marquetry. Then there were the workbenches ..... my excuse was that they presented an interesting challenge in design. Now I’ve gone and built wooden hand planes. All hope is lost. I’m inexorably being drawn to the dark side. The quiet side. The place where you don’t need ear protection when planing. Before you know it I’ll be haunting the garage sales with the other poor lost souls in search of molding plane sets with all their parts, vintage hand drills and toothing planes. ( I actually am looking for one of those).

I have decided to give in and just enjoy the ride. In all fairness, I’ve always had some hand tools and have always used them when they were a better, more efficient choice than a power tool. There are places on a wooden boat that can only be shaped with an adze.

My excuse for building the planes, and in the future I will use the word “reason”, was that I needed to joint veneer accurately and there is no really good way to do that on a 6” jointer. In that respect the process was a great success.

The large plane is square on the right side but rounded on the left to accommodate my hand when using it on it’s side. The idea for that shape came from Isaac Fisher’s excellent video on the Hock Tools site.

I gave it a try this afternoon . The jig is just two pieces of 3/4” plywood clamped with holdfasts.

The results were excellent and it was so easy.

The specs are:

Materials were Mesquite and Osage Orange (again thanks Gene Howe)
The blades are from Hock Tools
The finish at this point is one coat of BLO.
Of course there is no excuse too small for adding a little marquetry, shop cut from the same materials and inlaid into forstner bit holes. The design is my cypher,PRM.

Thanks for looking in and maybe pray for my soul…... :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 12:25 AM

Beautiful work Paul,but I would’nt expect anything but top notch work from you. This is beautiful ,keep enjoying the ride. :)) I’ll keep enjoying your work.


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#2 posted 12-12-2013 12:29 AM

Beautiful planes. Now who would want to buy them unless the initials also matched theirs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 12:41 AM

Nicely done Paul.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 12:44 AM

Ha. The dark side. That either means hand tools or CNC. Funny that.

Lookin good Paul. I built one of those Hock rabbet planes and have actually used it. Nice blades.

I was just veneer sawing and jointing veneer this afternoon. I clamp them between two sacrificial boards and run them over the jointer. I like the hand plane idea better. I need to think about that.

Wonderful work,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 12:45 AM

Wow Paul !, Those are absolutely beautiful planes. That’s something I’ve wanted to make for a long time just never got the guts up to try it. Can we expect to see a blog in the future?

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 12:47 AM

I must agree with the previous comments on “Beautiful Work”. I suppose that a “pedal powered” router will NOT be one of your future projects.
Keep it up. These are top notch.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 12:50 AM

Just relax and enjoy the ride my friend.

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#8 posted 12-12-2013 12:56 AM

Those are some sweet looking planes!!

I plan on making myself some hollows and rounds right away, then I can get rid of the noisy router.

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#9 posted 12-12-2013 12:59 AM

Wow! time im on the island I would love to buy you a cup of coffee and talk shop! I’ve been blown away by your craftsmanship since I joined this forum! I assume you winter south?

-- Canada - True North Strong and Free

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 01:09 AM

Great lookin planes…Your a wiz…

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#11 posted 12-12-2013 01:32 AM

Wonderful work Paul as always.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#12 posted 12-12-2013 02:05 AM

Lovely set. Making your own tools is the best.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#14 posted 12-12-2013 02:29 AM

Paul these turned out lovely! Very striking wood combination and of course excellent marquetry. I see the forstner bit idea worked out! I have to try the plane for jointing veneer. You are going to love those Hock Blades, they are the best!
Nice little hammer there too!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#15 posted 12-12-2013 02:44 AM

Absolutely amazing!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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