Small hand planes
some call it terrible, I call it charm and life…
In last part of the blog we left with a little jointer, but also a few unanswered questions…
First one: what happened to that wedge…
(I’m sure it has kept all up all night, I sure did not sleep a quiet moment, worrying about that shape – smiles).
This wedge, now being shaped.
Perhaps a little tall, but it will do.
The wedge again got its shape, because this will allow to rest a finger and get a god grip when using it.
Testing the chisel plane.
It works fine, of course it’s not a optimal construction, but when held like I do in the picture it can do it’s job without wearing you down. Most of all it was a fun experiment and I will put it in the chisel roll, at least it will be able to create a talk.
The little half round are now making shaves.
Funny how it became elegant, due to the round sole.
Ok I admit it.
I don’t just know someone making mistakes…
I make mistakes.
Here I was drilling holes for a little Krenov style block plane and it went wrong.
First I drilled on the wrong side of the line…
The trying to solve I made a new hole, but decided it would ruin the design.
So I make a peg, white glue and close up the holes.
In the back ground you can see another little finished mini plane has already come to use.
That’s it, some call it terrible, I call it charm and life.
Now a new hole drilled and the block can be shaped.
At the band saw playing the old game: follow the Sharpie.
Almost a little sad to say they are all done now, so I will leave them for a while soaking oil.
Like this they will stay healthy.
I also found time to make a handle for this wonderful little hammer head I found in a Red Cross shop for a dollar.
Ohhhhh yes and there are some planes now…
I’ll show them all now they are done.
Block plane, Krenov style, brass pinned, antique French two roosters iron.
Size compared to a 60 1/2 Stanley.
It’s almost a apron plane.
Good tight mouth.
Makes some wonderful shavings, the rooster iron are really crisp.
In the background the plane I made while making the bucket project, they are a fine family now.
Jointer, iron from construction saw.
I like the grain on this one.
Honestly. it’s not the right shape for a small plane, no place to hold.
It does have the ability of making me smile and at the end of the day, it is all that matters.
This one I love for it’s simplicity and the wood, the sap wood really brings a life to it.
Will be welcomed by my Japanese plane.
(Ohhh yes notice I in general put my irons in what we would call the back of the planes, they are designed to be used on the pull not the push, I prefer to work like that, due to my neck pains from the operation).
This mouth is so tight that I will probably need to open it up a little, but I will set it up for super fine cut.
The small Krenow I posted earlier.
In my eyes this one, might be the most beautiful of these little fellows, balance might be the word.
Fine sole also.
Half round almost looks as if it moves when standing still, the wood is amazing in this scale.
Just feel like using it.
It is a little heavy in it’s shape, the clog, but also have it’s own charm I think, perhaps for the same reasons.
Violin makes plane / luthier plane.
It was fun to make something really small.
The practical mini plane, I feel it got it’s own life.
Like function did proof form that they are close related.
The palm pushed fellow.
The experiment that went wrong and then good.
Nice with the new sole.
Japanese style mini jointer, the iron is a cut of from a old Chinese plane iron.
These are not from this build, but I found them relevant to show here.
Low angel shoulder plane.
Ohhh yes almost forgot the chisel plane.
But quite a long iron to a small plane. ;-)
Held the right way it does work fine.
The bunch, like this you can get a better picture of sizes.
Here I will say good bye for now, it was a fun little tour to make, the planes were made over a week or so, a hour here and there, but the hole time I was looking forward to get back to it and sometimes it was as if life disturbed me, since I was so happy to get back to them. Now they rest on the plane shelf, all asking ‘pls, when is it my turn to be used’, and they will, when time comes, in the meanwhile they will bring joy to the yes and smiles for the lips.
Lessons that could be learned:
Brass pin on the block plane are a wee to thin, might replace it with a steel or a thicker.
The front of the opening in the plane bodies can be rounded like this there will be more room for shavings to pass, can be needed if making rough shaves.
Always make the mouth too small and then work on the sole until you got it, or out on a new sole…
Smile as you work, that smile will bring joy to those you meet after.
Thank you for taking the ride with me and for the so kind words that were left on the two first parts.
This blog is dedicate to a old LJ friend DIV , you are missed, but will not be forgotten, often in my thoughts and a special place in my heart.
Hope it can be to some inspiration perhaps even some small planes.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.