I have been looking at some of the modern manufactured wooden planes. Old Street Tools and Philly Planes come to mind. However, I wasn’t really looking to spend that much money on one, so I figured I’d do a little searching around and see if I could find some videos or articles about making them. Well, find I did. I read quite a few articles on making your own wooden hand planes.
I really like (and prefer) “traditional” style planes. Nothing against Krenov style or anything, but I just prefer the traditional look.
I found Sumokun on YouTube, who had a 6 part video series on making a traditional style, laminated jointer plane. Two halves glued together. I liked this approach as it seemed easier than trying to drill, chisel, and shape a single chunk of wood into the throat, mouth, bed, and what have you. I put together a playlist with all 6 of his videos for anyone else interested.
Then it was time to pick out a blade. I looked all over, and settled on a blade from Ron Brese. It’s 2 1/8” wide, almost 1/4” thick, and shaped the way I like. The blades he sells, as he told me, are “seconds” or blades that have blemishes, or aren’t otherwise up to the standards for his infills. The one I got had a slight knick in the edge/corner at the top. I can deal with that :-)
So anyway, with that sorted, I’ll continue the series with the starting progress in the next posting :-)
Thanks for following along
Edit: Here’s a link to the SketchUp model I created for this plane: Right Click and Save As