Japanese tools #25: Japan meets Krenov II - MaFe style Kanna jointer (Handplane).

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MaFe style Kanna jointer II
Japan meets Krenov

In this part I will fit the kanna-mi (plane iron) into the dai (body), to the Japan meets Krenov Naga-Dai-Kanna (jointer plane) I build when I visited my friend Jamie in Scotland last summer.

Part one I build the kanna (hand plane):
Restoring the kanna-mi (plane iron):
Setting up a kanna (Japanese hand plane)

This is the kanna I build in Scotland, but never had the time to finish.

So back in the work shop.
The dai (body) held firmly in place on the bench.

Tools for fitting the kanna-mi (plane iron) in the dai (body).
File with side teeth’s.
A homemade mini saw from jigsaw blade (I use them for knife making).
A fine rasp.

As you see I fitted the iron quite close when building the dai, but I backed it up a little, so there would be possibility for tuning and adjusting once the iron was ready.
Also I have marked up for the uragane-dome (pin for the cap iron).
This by tapping the iron down, then pacing the cap iron on top and drawing a line on top – then I decide where the pin goes (app center of cap iron) and mark that up, in this way I can transfer the lines and distance to the outside of the dai (body) for later drilling.

What’s needed is to first fit the blade to the omote-najimi (bed) and then to the oshi-mizo (ditches).
You can also read quite a lot more about fitting the blade in my first Japanese tools blog: , here you can also see what to do if it becomes to loose.

Now it’s all up to precision and patience.
No need to take pictures of this, I spend half a hour.

Once the iron fits I double check for the placement of the pin and offset it a wee bit closer to the blade, to make sure I have a tight fit.
Then drill and remember to put a backing wood, to avoid tear out.

Both sides. ;-)
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda…

For pin I had a old tabletop birthday flag pole… Cut!

Here a close up of the drilling, you can see I put the hole a wee bit under the marking for at tight fit.

Like so!
“Not if anything to say about it I have” – Yoda

The pin are hammered in and I make it just shy of the surface.


Kanna-mi in place!

Uragane in place and it fits just perfect.

Adjusting the blade and shaves starts to fly out the mouth.
It works perfectly, looks like a gem and, cuts like a Japanese sword and make the most beautiful sound.
My ohhhh I did it!
A Japan meets Krenov jointer kanna.

“Foreplay, cuddling – a Jedi craves not these things” – Yoda
So I better just get into business.

And here the evidence, I made you a short video:

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Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

17 comments so far

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#1 posted 152 days ago

That’s amazing ! Mafe you did it ! (BUT…there was a whole lot of foreplay my friend ! ;-)
Beautiful work as usual.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 152 days ago

Those shavings are proof of your masterful skills, Mads!

Thanks for the video, too, it was “crisp $h*t”

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Don W

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#3 posted 152 days ago

nothing wrong with that outcome.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 152 days ago

Wonderful plane Mads, just perfect. Good to see you getting to finish this long distance project!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 152 days ago

Mmmmmmm, paperthin shevingzzzz… luvem.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 152 days ago

Those are nice shavings Mafe.

Very well doe.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 152 days ago

what’s the clamp on your drill press for?

It seems way high to be holding and stock.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 151 days ago

The sounds of the shaves
Smiles remain silent
Wonderful Mads


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 151 days ago

Great looking and wonderful sounding plane!

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#10 posted 150 days ago

Very cool Mads. Thanks for sharing!

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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#11 posted 149 days ago

Nice plane and wonderful shaves! Great job Mads.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#12 posted 149 days ago

Thank you all for the comments.
Today I spend in bed with a virus… (There are more fun things to spend a day in bed with)...
jjw, sweet shaves oh yes and yesterday I did a little tuning, so it is now running smoooottthhhh.
7Footer, smiles.
llwynog, the sound of music.
Jamie, my sweet friend, yes finally it makes the sweet sound, smell and shaves – smile broad and silent.
Ian, lol, the switch is broken, so it’s a power switch… Don’t do this at home!
Soda, yes like silk and shiny too.
Tim, the world is my oyster…
Don, nothing wrong with grown up men playing with toys. ;-)
Lew, Fc I love your comment.
racerglen, yes I guess we need that foreplay to keep it smooth.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 148 days ago


-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#14 posted 148 days ago

Big smile Woodfix, that was the coolest comment!
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 147 days ago

Fantastic result Mads! You make some really fine tools and I always learn something from your blogs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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