Hand Tool Journey #2: My first Krenov Style Plane

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Blake posted 03-09-2009 09:57 PM 7644 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Lately I've really been getting into hand tools. Part 2 of Hand Tool Journey series Part 3: Amazing find... Maebiki-nokogiri »

I made my first plane!

I used the blade from one of those old wooden planes I had. As you can see I had a variety of these old planes with different style blades. Straight, concave, and a couple different radii of convex blades:

Here are some progress photos…

Making the Body:

I started out with a block of Koa that I got on our honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii.

Look, two plane bodies!

I used the width of the blade as a guide to cut my block into slabs.

I am basing my design from instructions in various books from James Krenov. Here I am checking and drawing the angles for the mouth:

And cut them on the bandsaw:

I had to run one of the triangle pieces on my router table to create the space for the screw that holds chip breaker on to the iron.

Making the Pin:

Now, I don’t have a lathe. So I had to get creative to make the round ends of the pin. I used a plug cutting bit on my drill press. I think this would be faster and easier than a lathe anyway. This ensures that both ends are the same and I know that they are exactly 1/2” so I can use a 1/2” drill bit to drill the holes.

I finished shaping the pin (rounding over the top) with a chisel.

Finally I glued it up:

Here is the glued up body:

I ran the plane upside-down through my thickness sander to carefully flatten the sole and open the throat until it was just right:

Shaping the body:

I first rough cut the basic shape on the bandsaw:

And after a lot of hand shaping I ended up with this:

The blade:

Sorry, I didn’t take photos of the blade shaping process. but I cut the blade and chip breaker shorter, shaped it on the disk sander, and sharpened it on my WorkSharp.

And HERE is the finished project:

Click for details

-- Happy woodworking!

9 comments so far

View spanky46's profile


995 posts in 3418 days

#1 posted 03-09-2009 10:17 PM

Nice job! Interesting too. Thanks for sharing.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

View TraumaJacques's profile


433 posts in 3528 days

#2 posted 03-09-2009 10:20 PM

Dude you bought “wood” on your honeymoon that is awesome!!! Nice plane thanks for posting

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

View PaBull's profile


956 posts in 3692 days

#3 posted 03-09-2009 11:01 PM

Very nice Blake, I could see building one like this.

How is Koa to work with?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

View Blake's profile


3443 posts in 3901 days

#4 posted 03-09-2009 11:05 PM

Its very easy to work with. A lot like mahogany (I think its in the same family).

-- Happy woodworking!

View Karson's profile


35125 posts in 4428 days

#5 posted 03-09-2009 11:19 PM

Blake a great job. I’ve got a couple of Kenov’s books and always wanted to do that. Someday I hope.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View jcees's profile


1060 posts in 3826 days

#6 posted 03-09-2009 11:52 PM

Schweeeeeet!!! Very nice indeed and it works too! Gotta love that. I’ve been to Kauai too, north shore, great time BUT all I came back with was a dent in my wallet and a river rock to use as a doorstop. Go figure. Anyway, Blake, now you’re toast. You’ve developed the ability to roll your own and you will, bubba… you will. Bravo.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3849 days

#7 posted 03-09-2009 11:54 PM

Blake, I have always thought that making a plane would be a wonderful project to attempt. The process that you described breaks it down and removes a lot of the mystery for me. Nice job. This is a wonderful use of the Koa as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3700 days

#8 posted 03-10-2009 03:25 AM

Looks nice, Blake.

View Bill Akins's profile

Bill Akins

425 posts in 3725 days

#9 posted 03-10-2009 01:50 PM

Great pictoral. Love the plane.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics