2021 Plane Swap

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Forum topic by Dave Polaschek posted 03-17-2021 10:44 PM 19476 views 3 times favorited 2254 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dave Polaschek

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03-17-2021 10:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: swap plane

Fellow Lumberjocks,

It’s time for the next swap, and this time it’s a plane swap.

A Note: This swap is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks.

Basic Details
If you have not participated in one of our LumberJocks Shop Made Swaps before, Welcome! It’s relatively simple; each participant makes their swap item(s) and will get a name and address via e-mail after the “progress picture” deadline to where they will be mailing their entry. Postage is to be paid by the sender. The LumberJock who you’re shipping to, as well as the one who is shipping to you, will be selected randomly. Unless there are special circumstances – like the need for international shipping – I will not influence who anyone is paired with.

Rules for this swap
- Teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in-progress or finished pictures until after the reveal date. Remember we want everyone to be surprised when they receive their package!
- A progress pic (sent to me) will be required NO LATER THAN the due date listed near the end of this post. The progress pic needs to show that you’ve put sufficient time and work into the project to be able to complete it by the ship date. Anyone who doesn’t e-mail me a progress pic or let me know why they haven’t by 11:59 pm EST on the due date will be dropped from the list of participants.

What we’re making
We’re making planes. This includes, but is not limited to: bench planes, scraper planes, block planes, plough planes, miter planes, combination planes, thumb planes, scrub planes, moulding planes, rabbet planes, kerfing planes, infill planes, router planes, shoulder planes, and spokeshaves. Also allowed will be rehabbing an existing plane, which can be more work that building one from scratch, depending on how it’s been used. Spokeshaves are a great introduction to planes, and if you’re a beginner, they’re a great way to get a feel for what it takes to make a working plane.

If you’re looking for a kit, Ron Hock sells Kits for Planes, Spokeshaves and Shoulder Planes as does Lee Valley (search for plane kit ). Our own DonW has infilled some planes and built others and has a list of projects on TimeTestedTools which may prove inspirational.

Bonus items
Bonus Items are completely optional and are not in any way required or expected. Bonus items do not have to be related to the swap theme, or even woodworking for that matter. Nobody’s expecting anything other than swap items though, so don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to add anything extra.

How to sign up
Post below letting me know that you are in and then send an e-mail to (lumberjocks2021planeswap at fastmail dot com) containing ALL of the following information:

- LumberJocks Username

- Real Name

- Email address

- Shipping Address, including country

- Let me know if you are not willing to ship internationally (so I can make sure I pair any non-US participants accordingly)

I’ll send a confirmation e-mail and will be keeping a list of confirmed participants below that I will update periodically. If you don’t get a confirmation email and see your name on the list within a day or two of e-mailing me, shoot me another e-mail or PM so I don’t miss anybody.
Progress pictures will also be sent to the above e-mail address no later than the due date given below.
Your recipient’s name and address will be sent to you from the same e-mail address so make sure it’s not caught by your spam filter.

Important dates
In order to participate, you need to adhere to the dates below. Failure to do so will result in you getting dropped from the swap. If you can’t make the progress picture or ship dates, please make sure to notify me immediately so that I can update my incredibly high-tech collection of Post-It Notes.

Register for swap, please register by: April 10, 2021

Progress picture, please send by: May 16, 2021

Ship date, please ship by: June 21, 2021

Reveal date: June 28, 2021

No final pics until this date. Let the recipient post a pic or two before the sender posts their “formal” pics and project entry. We may reveal earlier if everyone has received their package before the reveal date.

Other Stuff:
When you post your projects, use the tag “2021 plane swap” so we can all easily find the projects in one spot.
This is a collaborative learning experience for all of us so make use of this forum thread to share knowledge and ideas as well asking questions and getting advice. These swaps are about the journey more than the destination!

Notice, in order to participate in a swap you must be a member in good standing in the lumberjocks community. The moderator can not be expected to, and will not act as a go between for banned or blocked members.

Who’s in:

After action note for the next person to run a plane swap (even if that’s me): be strict about the progress photos. If it’s not recognizably a plane by the halfway point, it probably ain’t gonna be, and people are incredibly reluctant to switch to a plan B at that point (sunk cost fallacy?).

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 03-17-2021 11:06 PM

Following not sure if ill join have a bunch of shop stuff to get done

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#2 posted 03-17-2021 11:23 PM

I’ll join!
Will email tonight.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#3 posted 03-17-2021 11:40 PM

I’m following Dave. Thanks for taking the next one.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 03-18-2021 12:43 AM

I’m sitting in the cheap seat heckling everyone and eating some pop corn. Who says a used table saw blade doesn’t qualify as a plane – darn luddites!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 03-18-2021 02:13 AM

And we’ve got participants. Woohoo! I made the progress pic a week later, and the ship two weeks longer than usual, which takes us just about to the 4th of July. I figure Kenny’s beer swap can overlap if needed. I mean how long does it take to knock out a set of tubafor coasters?

Earl, as pointed out by Mike in the other swap thread, turn it into a kerfing plane and it’ll qualify.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 03-18-2021 02:23 AM

Here you go Dave! Go to 3:39 and you will be amazed!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, [email protected]

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 03-18-2021 02:43 AM

He’s got a few planes there, yup.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 03-18-2021 08:22 AM

Here you go Dave! Go to 3:39 and you will be amazed!

- mikeacg

While I appreciate old restorations, why so many??? Personally he’s selfishly depriving hundreds of woodworking enthusiasts the pleasure of finding one and attempting the restoration for themselves. It doesn’t seem like he’s recycling to a worthy recipient.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 03-18-2021 12:27 PM

I’m thinking, on the fence, I need to make sure I can build (and tune) one of these.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 03-18-2021 12:40 PM

I found the Lee Valley kits better as a newbie than the Hock kits, Jeff. The Norris adjuster that’s included with them makes it relatively easy to adjust the blade, compared to tapping the blade and wedge. And the lateral adjustment on the adjuster means that if your build is a little lopsided, it can be corrected.

The prototype swap plane I made two years ago came out well enough (in spite of a few mistakes along the way) that it still sits on top of my bench 90% of the time, rather than getting put away, because I use it so often. It’s my primary smoothing plane.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 03-18-2021 01:24 PM

I agree about the Lee Valley kits. I really like the Norris adjusters. Not just for beginners and not just compared to setting the blade with a hammer. If it were up to me all bench planes would have, and would have always had since the beginning of time, a norris adjuster.

I’m 90% sure I’m joining in. I have some machining jobs in queue and I’m sure I’ll be machining something for this swap :-) I just want to make sure I can knock out commitments already made and have a pretty good idea of what I’m making and how I’m making it before I jump in.

I got my one and only wooden plane that I use in the shop in a surprise swap a few years back from Mosquito:

It’s a Krenov-style plane (at least I think it is technically) and is the size of a Stanley #2 smooth plane. But, Mos’ pitched the blade at 50 degrees instead of the typical 45. This makes it a treat to work figured woods or wood with grain that changes direction.

Something like this is a treat for any hand tool user and there are lots of tutorials out there for building Krenov planes. Just an idea for some of y’all ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 03-18-2021 01:39 PM

I’ll disappoint one of you gentlemen, never built one so this should be fun.

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#13 posted 03-18-2021 02:47 PM

Man would love to do this, just not sure if i’ll have time. Will think…

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 03-18-2021 06:25 PM

I figure you’ll eventually cave, Kenny. Let me know if I need to start applying peer pressure, though.

Welcome aboard, Gary!

If it makes any difference, SMP, I made the two deadlines a week longer than previous swaps. Figured extra time won’t be a bad thing. I’m going to have six trees and a handful of bushes to get planted this spring, so at least one of those weeks will go to spring yard work.

Looking forward to this!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 03-18-2021 09:07 PM

That is a huge collection of planes. But I watched the remainder of the video and wow, some really awesome shops. Thanks for sharing Mike.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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