Shop Made Tool Swap - 2015: Hand Planes and Spokeshaves

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Forum topic by Ripthorn posted 02-23-2015 06:39 PM 19114 views 14 times favorited 767 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2015 06:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: swap tool swap shop made tools plane spokeshave refurb infill shop made hand plane

Alright, everyone, the voting time is up. With over 80% of the vote, we are doing hand planes and spoke shaves! So now, for some vital dates and details.

Basic Details

If this is your first swap, the way it works is everyone makes one of the category, in this case hand planes and spokeshaves. Then, a few weeks before the mailing date, everyone will receive the name of another participant to whom the completed item will be sent. Postage is the responsibility of the sender, so if you are international, please let me know so that we can minimize the amount of shipping craziness.

Rules for this particular swap: Each swap is a little different. For this one, let’s keep some suspense in it, so teaser shots are allowed, but please do not post full in progress or finished pics until after the reveal date. An in progress pic will be required two months before the reveal date, just to make sure that people are working on it so that no one gets left high and dry, it’s the worst kind of disappointment there is.

What is allowed?

This category has a wide range of possibilities, including:

- From scratch builds
- From kit builds
- Refurbs

You can do a spokeshave, a cigar shave, any kind of plane, from small smoother to behemoth jointer. Specialty planes, joinery planes, router planes, let your imagination run wild.

What do I have to do?

Post below letting me know that you are in and then send me a PM containing the following information:

- Real Name
- Shipping Address
- What you will be making/doing (e.g., spokeshave refurb, from scratch smoother plane, etc.)
- What you would prefer to receive (e.g., spokeshave, smoother, jack, specialty plane, etc. or no preference)

What are the vital dates?

In order to be able 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 one of the dates, please make sure to notify me via PM immediately so that I can update my swap spreadsheet.

- Register for swap: April 16, 2015 (figured I would give one day after US tax day :) )
- Progress picture: June 15, 2015
- Ship date: August 1, 2015

How the heck do I make or refurb a plane?

There are several resources on making and refurbing planes. DonW has posted many a tutorial on refurbishing old planes, and the last time we did a plane swap, there was an accompanying thread where people could post their questions. It has a lot of great information, and can be found here. Additionally, you can ask questions on this thread.

Most importantly, have fun! Don’t be afraid to take some chances and ask when you need some help. Also, my recommendation is to start sooner rather than later, so that you don’t have to drop out closer to the swap. We tried to give a large working window so that as many people as possible can participate.

More Resources

These are ones that participants have posted below in the comments:

spokeshave blog –

sellers wooden plane –”":

Ripthorns infill blogs – shoulder plane –”":

shoulder plane –

smoother –

DonW’s infill blog –

Building a Wooden Router Plane

Small Router Plane tutorial

The Ultimate Shop Made Router Plane #1: The plan, the parts, the prototype

Cohen Router Plane

Don's list of infill sites

“Popular Mechanics article”:

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 06:40 PM

Voted. I’ll participate if it’s Planes/Spokeshaves or probably Chisels. Not sure on levels.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 06:43 PM


-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 06:49 PM

Voting and tenatively signing up. No real suggestions, only swap i have participated in was plane swap and would love any, including planes theme. If it was a plane swap, a specialty plane, moulding plane of some sort would be interesting.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 06:51 PM

My thought is that if planes win, then everyone would be able to request what they want, though not all may be able to get it. I would love to do hand planes, and if so, there is a specialty one that I have been wanting to try…

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 07:09 PM

I have always wanted to do hand planes as well. Whether it is fixing up a flea market find and sending it on its way, or building a wood body from scratch.

Planes came in second place on the survey for the last build, so I think they will fare well this time around, Brian

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 07:11 PM

Planes sound perfect to me.
Challenging, but not that difficult, and lots of options.

AND, I have an iron already in progress!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 08:02 PM

Voted, gonna be tough but I really hope I get in on this one. Already regretting missing the dovetail tool swap!


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#9 posted 02-23-2015 09:35 PM

Voted, if it goes deep enough into the summer I sure oughta be able to participate! I’m excited. Sad that school kept me outa the most recent swap.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 10:35 PM

and voted as well.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 10:48 PM

Voted, but I don’t really care what the tool is. Timing might be an issue this summer, tho.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#12 posted 02-24-2015 01:22 AM

Voted. I was bummed to miss the last 2 swaps, but the best laid plans of mice and men…


-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#13 posted 02-24-2015 01:23 AM

Voted. Love the plane/shave idea. More time is better for a guy with kids…

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#14 posted 02-24-2015 03:37 AM

Voted :)

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#15 posted 02-24-2015 05:28 AM

Did the voting thing. Hoping to make the time to participate this swap.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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