My second wooden plane (with some help from a friend)

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Project by lumberjoe posted 04-13-2014 10:14 PM 2509 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am hooked on wood bodied planes now. For me anyway, they perform much better than their metal soled counterparts in my hands. They are lighter and if the grain is oriented correctly, they naturally absorb a lot of the shock and reverb that metal planes do not.

I had no intentions of showing this little guy the light of day. I wanted to try some smaller form factor shapes and was playing with scraps. The iron is the crappiest quality one ever made – out of a 7 dollar buck bros block plane. I did take extra care to flatten it, change the bevel angle, and camber it a little. Before I even shaped this plane it was taking effortless shavings that are so thin you could read a newspaper through it. I still plan on making a clone with a proper Hock iron, but this little guy performs flawlessly and will be used very often. Unfortunately I fear my water stones are in for a workout

Construction was done following Scott Meeks wonderful instructions which I reviewed. The body is walnut, which I don’t feel is quite hard enough for the sole of a plane, so I added a bubinga sole. The wedge came from the same piece of bubinga. The cross pin is canarywood. It is a square piece that I turned 3/8” tenons on the lathe and rounded over the back edges. Finish is BLO and paste wax on the sole. I leave the wedges unfinished.

Along with my come to be signature flutes, (which really aid in grip!), There is another decorative item to this plane. If you hang around here often, you are going to swear you have seen it before – and you have. Shipwright sent me some hand cut lettering to feature on my wooden planes. This his work, and shop cut mesquite and Osage orange veneers. It fits perfectly with the walnut and canary wood crosspin. The only thing I can take credit for is fitting it into a hole with a little HHG. Thanks again Paul and since there is more where that came from, once a plane passes the test it will get the stamp of approval.


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#1 posted 04-13-2014 10:18 PM

wow, that is really cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 11:10 PM

Looks like a fine little ass kicker to me. Keep it up, man.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 12:31 AM

Nice looking plane but where are the test shavings .LOL
Very classy look with the inset medallion and I bet it feels good in use .
One day soon I will have to build some but the price of the irons makes me hesitate .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 12:58 AM

Almost forgot!

Wispy pine shavings

And because pine is easy, here’s some wispy oak shavings


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#5 posted 04-14-2014 01:31 AM

Nice looking plane Joe.
I think it is really cool that you have discovered a “signature” feature for your personal planes.
Are we soon to see custom fluted adjusting mallets?
Glad you are happy with the initials, happy to help.

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

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 01:53 AM

Really nice plane! I love to see collaborations like this between LJs.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#7 posted 04-14-2014 02:38 AM

Great little plane

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 04-14-2014 03:27 AM

Very nice. I can see me and a handmade wooden plane crossing paths, not too far in the future.

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#9 posted 04-14-2014 03:44 AM

Nice work.

You have me curious… I have a bunch of wood planes that need restoring. ....hmmmmmmm…
Too many projects right now.. maybe I should take pics of them, as I usually get to work and forget to get a b4 shot…...

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 04-14-2014 06:53 PM

It looks very nice to me, repeat very nice.I have the book, I have the materials, I have the time,I have the know how ,I have not made a plane despite really liking the idea. So I promise myself to rectify the present situation and get myself started this year, and I will post some picks too.Please also don’t forget I also have a fully equipped machine shop. So apart from some long term health issues ,and other things cropping Up, I need to do this. I have promised myself before and need to do it definitely this summer.Kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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