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After making a see through smoothing plane for a tool swap, I wanted to continue to develop the idea and design. This is the result.

Built in a more traditional coffin smoother shape, yet still utilizing the see through design with stainless steel rods for rigidity, this one is slightly smaller than the last, being about 8" long. The body is laminated hackberry with a steel sole, 1-3/4 wide Veritas PM-V11 iron bedded at 50 degrees and O1 steel screw cap. While working on further iterations of the original design (several of which are now in the trash) I felt like there had to be a better way to do some of the work, so invested in a small bench top milling machine and the first project off the mill was the screw cap for this plane. Plus, who doesn't like getting a new tool now and then. :)

I learned a lot making the first planes of this type and even more working on this one. There are still some construction challenges that need overcome in order to make the end products even better, but this one certainly performs. Looking forward to the continuing evolution of the design. One thing I am finding is that this design allows for a lot more opportunities to use wood species that are overlooked or not appropriate for use in other plane designs. That's going to throw the door wide open to a variety of looks and designs in the future.

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoy.

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THAT is a really cool design.
 

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Nicely done Jay! I really like the design of the peek-a-boo planes.
 

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Pretty cool, Jay.
How thick is that lever cap?
 

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Thanks, guys. The cap is 3/8, terry.
 

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That's a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !
 

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That's a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !
 

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That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

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Ditto :)
That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

- TheTurtleCarpenter
Ditto :)
 

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Jay, I really like the looks of your Peek a boo plane, but it looks to me that the blade is too long and extends way to high above the body. I would like to see a picture of it in use and the way you hold it.
 

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I was the recipient of the first one Jay let out in the wild, and it is a very good plane. He says this one is an improvement, so it is probably awesome!
 

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Thanks, Turtle, Fridge and wahoo.

Mark, hope yours is performing like it ought. If not, I'll be glad to take it back and give a full refund of the price you paid. ;-)

papadan, here's how I have my right hand when using. It's comfortable and works well, especially if the plane is skewed just a bit.

 

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That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

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Ditto :)

That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

- TheTurtleCarpenter

Ditto :)

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What they all said, plus everyone else.
Awesome work, JayT. I've only made one lever cap and it turned out OK (brass), would be nice to have a little milling machine, yours came out great.
 

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Very cool concept and execution, Jay. Nice work there.
 

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That sure is an eye opener.
Thinking out of the coffin.
Fine work.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Thanks for the picture Jay, I can see it is bigger than I thought. Well done.
 

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Very stylish and useful too!
Sweet.
 

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OUTSTANDING !!
Beautiful work !!
 

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This is a very creative design and you've done a nice job on it. It's a nice shop-made tool and is also a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com
 

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Jay, Jay, Jay. I thought you said you didn't have time for the swap? No worries. We'll just take this as your progress pic and Josh will send you my name and address this evening ;-)

Seriously awesome, again. Seeing how you've iterated the design brings about 100 ideas to mind for the next one! I can see the rods are closer to the surface of the wood so I assume that allowed you to thin the body up a bit?

A new mill!? You dog! What did you buy? CNC or no?

No maker's mark medallion? You gotta label these things so when they pop up on e-Bay I can tell whether or not it's authentic ;-) Seriously nice work brother. I honestly like the original better but that's just because I think the tote and the Sycamore/Walnut were pure inspired!
 
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