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I popped into LJ a very few weeks ago. I saw some amazing projects and am still going through the archives, when I have time…there seems to be a new one everyday. And I do visit every day, just to see what is new. I now have a list as long as my arm of things I just have to build I have seen here. (shower stool by Jojo is next, love the Japanese style, the story and the joinery is just cool. Already have the wood picked out Osage)
Why this little plane is you alls fault. The day I joined someone (sorry, don't remember) posted a picture of a shop made plane. I thought "That looks like a fun little project". The rest is history. I made one and it was fun, now I am addicted. I have made several since.
This is my latest one. I am kinda proud of it. My own design based on a Japanese style small plane. It pulls shavings as thin as rice paper. My iron angle is not as steep as the ones I have seen, but the grind on the edge makes it work well. I kept the angle low so I could use a short iron and keep the plane small in length.

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Now that's just awesome! Really nice! I haven't thrown my hat into the plane making ring just yet, but it may be partially your fault if I do! LOL…Thanks for posting this.
 

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Thats cool. Its nice to see people inspired to build because of this site..
 

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Beautiful and functional! I like it a lot. I bet it is a joy to use. Keep up the good work.
 

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I'll take the blame, Daren. However, I think you've built a very neat tool there. I really like the color and if it worked half as good as you say it does it is still really great. Excellent work.
 

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What a stylish little plane. I like the way you dispensed with the cross-dowel. Fun!
 

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This will come in handy. Very nice indeed.
 

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Well, Crap. Now I want one too! I got to quit looking at this stuf….
 

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That is a nice colorful plane. Nice job on it.
 

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Very Nice indeed!
God bless
 

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Now that is a nice looking plane. And, even better, it works well. You just can't beat that! And, you had fun making it.

I know I'm going to have to make a plane one of these days!
 

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I don't want to bury a project within a project, but I am not going to keep posting plane after plane as a new topic. I started with a simple box plane repro (walnut/honeylocust and good steel)




Then I got thinking smaller/more precision. So I made a spoke shave, again superior steel, the design was on the fly but it works.





I needed a bullnose scraper…so I designed and built one





Yes I have made these all in the last couple weeks. I like good wood and good steel, 2 of my favorite things,I just very recently realized I could combine the two in a fun project/functional tool that I can use for years.

I don't know whether to thank you guys for the inspiration…or curse you for the distraction ($ work is getting less of my time, this is not my hobby. Wood is how I feed myself) I reckon I will just thank you, I have had fun.
 

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What a wonderful group of planes and shaves -

I don't think anyone of us would mind if you posted the tools you've made as individual projects!

Where do you buy your steel?
 

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And we have a new plane guru amongst us :)). The planes are beautiful and look very functional. Where are you getting the irons for them? Don't tell me that you forge them too.

It is scary how addictive these planes can get. I don't know why we ever went to power tools - well, yes I do, it's quicker - though not necessarily cheaper.
 

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Very inspiring, esp. the chisel plane.
 

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What an inspiration. Now maybe I need to curse you for getting my mind whirling on making some of these. Can you give a little 'how to'?

Thanks again,
Steve
 

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Yes, please blog your process. Thanks.
 

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I have made some of my own irons (I have a welding shop and a sharpening business). The iron like in the locust/walnut plane I "borrowed" from a trashed box plane I found at auction for $5. It is an old Sandusky Tool Company iron, good one IMO. The iron in the last one pictured (bullnose scraper) I made out of a Milwaukee sawzall blade, it was already hard steel.
I have been buying planes at auction just for the steel ($3-$10 for the plane) I was just going to buy the irons new…and freaked out at how much they cost. I am not trashing the old wooden planes, just borrowing the iron and keeping the old one.
I have some planes I am going to make some day that I will have to make and temper the irons (itty bitty dudes)
 

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Love the way the grain wraps around the handle on the spokeshave.
 

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Wow…. I love it.
 

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Very nice. I have wanted to make a plane since the "Woodworks, David Marks" episode.
 
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