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Homemade Tools #1: Block plane and Joiner Plane

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-30-2007 07:14 AM 8818 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just playing around in the shop and came accross these planes. I made them a couple years ago, and really enjoyed it.

Nothing too fancy, and the basic plans came from a book on making hand planes.

They are a pleasure to use as the shavings come peeling through the throat opening. That nice whoosh sound that only planes make, and shavings thin enough to read through!

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And a polished surface that’s left behind. So much satisfaction in using them, knowing you made them.

The block plane is maple and rosewood. The joiner plane is wenge, with a bloodwood wedge.

The blades are Hock purchased from Woodcraft.

For finishing them I left them submerged in a boiled linseed oil for about a day, let it dry out for a week, and did it again. The reason for that is so they don’t take on any moisture and change dimensions by swelling or warping.

Adjusting the blade took a little getting used to, since I’ve only ever had to turn a knob to adjust a plane before.
With these tapping on the front or back of the body with a mallet raises and lowers the blade.

I came out with a better understanding of how planes work, and a couple nice tools in the process.

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com



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Dorje

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#1 posted 07-30-2007 09:12 AM

Lee – cool planes! How long is that joiner?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 07-30-2007 12:23 PM

These look like they would be very comfortable in your hand? I also like your choice of woods. Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 07-30-2007 01:14 PM

Hi Dorje,

Since I’m not in the shop, I’m guessing 12”, but you know how us guys are. LOL

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 07-30-2007 01:17 PM

Hi Roger,

That’s exactly how I shaped them. I keeped playing with them until they “felt” right. Then I put the finish on.

Sorry the wemge photos aren’t better. The bloodwood wedge is fairly bright red, aagainst almost black wenge.

The boiled linseed oil really darkened them up.

Thanks for the comments,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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TomFran

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#5 posted 07-30-2007 02:36 PM

Lee,
These planes are beautiful, and I they work great – how can you go wrong. I’ll bet your post here is going to inspire others (maybe me…) to want to craft some of their own planes.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 07-30-2007 02:53 PM

Lee, just a great job on all. Would you happen to remember the book title?

These should be displayed prominently in your shop.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 07-30-2007 04:09 PM

I can just imagine the pleasure you get from using these tools that you made yourself….
and they are beautiful to look at as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-30-2007 08:12 PM

Hi Tom;

I highly recommend it. It’s a fun project, yet has it’s own challenges.

Great satisfaction in using them as well!

Thanks,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-30-2007 08:14 PM

Hi Panama;

I don’t remember off the top of my head, but I’ll find out and post it.

Thanks,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 07-30-2007 08:16 PM

Hello Debbie;

Yes, great fun in using them.

Thanks,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#11 posted 07-30-2007 08:28 PM

Great planes Lee. I need to try making something like them.

-- 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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WayneC

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#12 posted 07-30-2007 08:35 PM

Great planes Lee. I’m planning to make a couple in the near future. Need to order some blades from Hock. Yours provide great inspiration.

OS, the book is probably

Making & Mastering Wood Planes: Revised Edition (Paperback) by David Finck

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-31-2007 02:15 AM

Hi Guys;

Thanks for the comments.

That title sounds familiar Wayne.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Don

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#14 posted 07-31-2007 07:29 AM

Lee, I’ve never really thought much about making my own planes, but is is obvious from your comments and those of others that there is a lot of satisfaction in doing so,

Very nice work, as always, Mate.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 07-31-2007 11:47 AM

Hey Don;

Yes there is, and they’re even smaller than “small wooden boxes”.

They really are fun to make, because of all the different sizes and shapes, and wood chioces, plus when done YOU actually get to keep and use them, instead of someone else, like our usual projects.

I love that sound of the shavings peeling away from the board, and knowing I made it happen.

Thanks;

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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