Experimental wooden hand plane made out of laminated plywood with a hardwood sole

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Forum topic by YusukeKomiya posted 06-19-2019 03:51 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2019 03:51 AM

I saw a video about a monk who made a hand plane out of laminated pieces of plywood. The bottom on the plane were the layers. I’m considering making something similar, but I would laminate some kind of hardwood onto the bottom to act as a sole. Any thoughts? I’ve been looking at making my own hand planes lately, and one made out of plywood caught me by surprise.

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#1 posted 06-19-2019 04:03 AM

If I wa spending all that time and energy making one, i would use the coolest hardwood i could afford.

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 07:38 AM


I even like the look of BB ply, and the others which are nice and orderly. I just don’t feel using ply wood be advantageous to the workings of the plane, it would create more work, so I would also use a nicer looking hardwood for the entire thing. Easier build, and better look, and performance.

Probably why you haven’t seen any makers of note making plywood planes.

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 12:37 PM

Interesting idea…could be my next project. I’ve made a number of planes and I always seem to struggle finding a suitable blank. This could be the answer.

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 01:00 PM

I’ve made a jointer and jack, as well as some specialty planes. The process of adding a laminated sole would makes things significantly more complicated to build and suck up a lot of additional time. And it’s unnecessary. Just build the whole plane out of a hard wood (beech, oak, etc. whatever is handy). Laminated constructed planes with cross pins are relatively easy to make.

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 02:22 PM

I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, should be very stable.

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