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Hand Tool Journey #2: My first Krenov Style Plane

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Blog entry by Blake posted 1963 days ago 6003 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:

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-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



9 comments so far

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spanky46

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#1 posted 1963 days ago

Nice job! Interesting too. Thanks for sharing.

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

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TraumaJacques

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#2 posted 1963 days ago

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

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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PaBull

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#3 posted 1963 days ago

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

How is Koa to work with?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Blake

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#4 posted 1963 days ago

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

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Karson

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#5 posted 1963 days ago

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jcees

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#6 posted 1963 days ago

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.

always,
J.C.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 1963 days ago

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 1963 days ago

Looks nice, Blake.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bill Akins

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#9 posted 1962 days ago

Great pictoral. Love the plane.

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

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