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Big shops (50 guys) get big jobs (millions) which makes for lots & lots of off-cuts (big delicious). As an off hours hobbyist this is one of the very few good reasons to work in a large shop; that and creating monumental work as a team.

Well, back when the city of Toronto amalgamated the boroughs around it they decided to re-do all of the council chamber furniture, in full on jatoba no less.

We got the job and this plane was made from a piece left over from the mayor's desk, which I had the pleasure to build. So now we are linked and sort of the same, he and I, for while he may rule the city from his perch, I rule any pesky wood that dares to show its face(grain) to my tool. Let's call it a draw shall we?

The body is quartersawn & book-matched with coffin shaped anigre sides and a quartered hard maple bottom with an adjustable throat piece. The end strikes are ebony. Originally built to flatten my new bench top, I now use it mostly to true up curved work coming from the vacuum bag as well as processing delicate small pieces. How? I just turn it over like many here do and use it like a silent jointer.

The tote and comfy shaped front knob are quite beefy with the whole thing weighing in at about 7 pounds. This is pretty much the same as a steel version but without the heart attack price, and I borrow the 2 1/2" iron from my Record 4 1/2 when I need to use it, so my cost was zilch. Would that the city could do the same.

24"x 3 1/4"x 3 1/4"(8"o/a)
About 28hrs.
Build on LJ's.
gene

the obligatory transparent shaving photo


the finished project

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niiice looking plane :)
I like the way you skewed the frontknop
but you better finetune it to take thicker shavings though
if you are going to catch up with the mayor´s talk …. :)

tkank´s for sharing

Dennis
 

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I thought Rob Ford was all about fiscal responsibility?
 

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You have a really fantastic tool there. It looks great and by the size of the shaving it's taken there it does it's job very well

It's nice to hear the city investing in quality (wood, and craftsmanship) as well as supporting local business. Good on you for scoring that piece of wood.
 

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Wow, this is a very beautiful plane! You must have muscles like Arnold to be able to plane such a big shaving! ;-)
 

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That is one beautiful plane you build there.
I love the shaving!
The front knob might be a little 'funny' but I like it, it brings some personality.
I can give only one critic, you should change all the screws into some cool hex screws, those Philips are kind of disturbing there, yes I'm really picky now.
The idea of just using the blade from the Record is also really cool.
And the story of this plane is really priceless.
Way to go!
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Beautiful plane. That is the mother of all shavings, right? I could nearly make rocking chairs out of that !
 

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Sweet. That is truly delicious.
Love it.
Having a silent jointer sounds like something I should explore.

You got skills,
Steve
 

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Beautifully crafted plane and that "transparent shaving" has me lmao : )
 

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Hi, Gene - lovely work. But I have to agree with Mads - I will NEVER understand how Phillips head [Posi too] got so universal - they have never really been up to the job, any screw head design that you have to push so HARD into to keep the driver in place simply doesn't mke sense!

Moan over - a beautiful plane, thanks for shaving, er … sharing. Who's Arnold?
 

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Wow really awe inspiring plane, it looks nicer than my Ulmia .Alistair
 

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this is an absolutely gorgeous plane ! x-ray vision to see through the shaving or what ????
 

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gorgeous. and that 1/4 inch shaving is fantastic. Save you a ton on steam bending.
 

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Beautifl job on the plane.
 

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Thanks everybody, that's special, for when I show this to a non woodworker they have no idea what great things you can do with it. The "transparent" shaving also gets a blank stare from them.
Now about the screws. Your point is graciously taken but they were on hand exactly when I needed them, complete with matching cup washers - #14×2" with a #3 Phillips head in brass. Anybody who has got to the stage where they just want to get the damn thing done and in use will know why they went in, but all very carefully of course. I doubt if even the Governator could get them out now.
 
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