Wooden Hand Plane #1: Materials

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Blog entry by damnHippie posted 08-18-2008 05:16 AM 1389 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a wooden plane for a while, and this weekend decided to start it. I’m following the basic plan described by David Marks on his show Wood Works.

I bought a Hock iron at Hardwick's Hardware—it was their last one, the display model. This seemed like a good project excuse to get a new tool, so I went to Rockler to look at jig saws. They don’t have any (aside from the $300 Festools), but I did find a good piece of wood. It was in the “oversize” turning blanks section, without a tag. I have no idea what wood it is, but it is very very heavy.

Any ideas as to what this wood is?

So here’s the wood before I start working with it. I scraped the wax off and jointed the faces and sides…

How soon is too soon to start working this?

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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#1 posted 08-18-2008 05:54 AM

And away he goes…......

This’ll be fun to watch take shape!

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

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#2 posted 08-18-2008 06:12 AM

Right on! I can’t wait to see how yours looks.

I got a batch of 6 stanley plane blades that look to be from low angle block planes. I thought you and I and Dorje can each take 2. And see how we do.

Dorje, are you in?

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#3 posted 08-18-2008 06:26 AM

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#4 posted 08-18-2008 08:10 AM

Be interested to see how this turns out. BTW, the Bosch 1587 jigsaw can be had from a number of retailers for around a hundred bucks with a case. Look at Amazon, Woodcrapft, etc. Great saw. I paid 160 for mine seven or eight years ago and it still lives and breathes strong. The price has dropped because it has been “improved” by the 1590.

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#5 posted 08-19-2008 07:55 AM

I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Good luck and have fun.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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