Wooden Planes #16: 2013 Plane Swap plane - 37° block

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 04-17-2014 04:57 AM 2975 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this plane for the 2013 Plane Swap. It is also posted as a project, but I thought I’d give more details here.

First, I draw up a plan. Fairly simple, but it helps me work out the shaping details and sort out any conflicts with the mouth opening.

This plan shows a crosspin, but I changed my mind and went with the more traditional eared approach.

It is still a laminated construction, with the ears being glued in after the fact. A bit of a challenge getting them aligned to the iron/wedge and I ended up glueing in one at a time. This primarily had to do with only being able to get one clamp in the opening at a time, but it did result in a good fit.

It was also challenging shaping the ears after they were glued in. I can see why planemaker’s floats exist.

The body is jatoba and beech, and I laid out the slices to be a mirrored negative image along the center line. Takes a bit of thinking, particularly factoring in the kerf where the cheeks get cut and reglued. Walnut wedge and ipe sole.

First time I tried making this style of wedge, too. Have to say that it was pretty straightforward.

I found it fit into the hand exceedingly well. And having no crosspin makes for a much easier access to clear shavings. Sad to have to send it off in the swap, but it seems like it found a good home.

The Nice Ash iron (now just Nice Planes) was a good one to build a plane around. He doesn’t make this style of iron any more, having gone to a tapered double iron style.

So how did the plane match the plan? I’ll let you be the judge.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 08:09 AM

Wow, all of your wooden planes make me feel like “hey I could definitely make one” I think I’ll just keep that in the back of my mind, without actually trying to do that, because I wouldn’t want the harsh reality to set in. :)

You Sir make some very fine planes, I salute you!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 02:50 PM

The more I see your posts, the more likely that I build a hand built plane someday. Very inspirational!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Mark Kornell

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#3 posted 04-19-2014 02:58 PM

Steve, Jake – you certainly can make a plane if you have any kind of woodworking experience. Planes are fundamentally simple devices that don’t take much time, so go for it.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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