Wooden Planes #12: Jatoba smoother

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 04-16-2014 03:37 AM 2272 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Jatoba block Part 12 of Wooden Planes series Part 13: Two Cherries Jointer »

This is another jatoba plane. Apart from sanding end grain, jatoba is a relatively easy wood to work with. Machines well, holds an edge and seems to be pretty stable. I’ve also not (yet) encountered any boards with reaction wood. Kind of smells like a wet dog when being cut. I like it for planes because it is dense – the added mass in a small plane really helps performance.

No stripes this time, just jatoba and an ipe sole.

The bed is a fairly steep 60 degrees, which relegates it to limited use.

The only “decorations” are the indents on the side. Meant as a general area for fingers to hold.

The shape of the indents comes from the rear wheel well of a boattail Duesenberg, echoed by the back of the plane. I oriented the endgrain to try to give the impression of the point of the boattail, too.

The iron came from Lee Valley, a replacement for a Japanese chamfer plane they carry. (

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 06:53 AM

This looks great. Can almost imagine how it feels in the hand.

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 02:48 PM

Nice one, Mark. I like the looks and love the finger indents in the sides. Looks very comfortable.

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 03:08 PM

I don’t know if this one or the checkerboard block is my favorite. So many great designs and wood patterns.

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 04:25 PM

By far my favorite. Grain direction is fantastic.

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