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Hand Tools #1: Miniature Plane

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Blog entry by mot posted 11-17-2007 07:15 PM 3775 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks to the likes of WayneC, Thos. Angle and Bob #2, I’ve been accumulating hand tools. One of the latest additions to the shop is a beautiful wooden plane. Made from Indonesian ebony and brass, it has an adjustable high-speed steel (Rc62-64) blade.

I bought this plane for three reasons:

1. It was cool to look at.
2. It didn’t cost much
3. I thought my son could play with it and it could be his.

Now, being a son of the metric system, I knew this plane was small. I just failed to take it’s dimensions into account and thus didn’t realize HOW small it is.

Clicking on this picture to bring up a larger image with an everyday object inserted for scale:


It’s a cute plane for sure but will probably end up on the coffee table as a conversation piece. I honed up the iron, and it cuts fine! If I ever have to put a chamfer on a 1/4 balsa stick, this will be my go-to plane!

Cheers and have a great weekend!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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David

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#1 posted 11-17-2007 07:26 PM

Tom -

I’ve never used this word on LJ before, and I doubt I will be criticized for using it, so here goes . . . that plane is cute! Very cool. You guys have huge pennies in Canada!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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TomFran

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#2 posted 11-17-2007 07:28 PM

Now that is cool looking plane! And, it even works – you can’t beat that.

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

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Karson

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#3 posted 11-17-2007 07:42 PM

Tom: i bought a package of three different planes. I think around $5.00. I’ll try to post the pictures.

-- 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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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 11-17-2007 08:26 PM

Bweet (the noise a cute little plane might make).

Don’t worry David, I’ve got your back. I will always be around to do or say something dopey and further over the line, thereby keeping you firmly mainstream by comparison. ROTFL

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 11-17-2007 10:08 PM

Tom, You gonna make a violin?

Now you have the real thing for taking the hair off your arms!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 11-17-2007 10:18 PM

That is one dandy plane. You have slid a long way down the slippery slope.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#7 posted 11-17-2007 10:43 PM

Tom:

Here are the set of three that I’ve got.

-- 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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mot

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#8 posted 11-17-2007 11:33 PM

Those are cool, Karson! They look well made. I bought the chisel plane version as well. I think I paid more than 5 bucks though.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 11-18-2007 01:26 AM

Hi Tom;

Small planes like that are considered to be “cute” or conversation pieces, but sometimes they come in very handy.

The click on picture idea was good. I didn’t realize how small it was in the first picture.

Lee

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

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GaryK

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#10 posted 11-18-2007 04:09 AM

Here’s my entry into the small planes department.

That’s a roughing blade next to it, and yes I have used it to plane the inside of a violin.

It actually works very well. It’s hard on the fingers after a while though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 11-18-2007 07:46 AM

Well they are little planes – all of the above – any of the would probably work well for trimming fingernails and small pieces of wood. Karson, where did you find the 3 small planes for $5?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 11-18-2007 03:23 PM

Gary, Is that an Ibex plane? Those luthiers have some pretty cool tools. I’ve always hankered after those and a Sloan purfling cutter. So you’ve made a harpsichord and a violin? Outstanding!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Karson

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#13 posted 11-19-2007 05:23 AM

I got the planes at Harbor Freight. They had a sale at the store, about 1 mo ago.

-- 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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GaryK

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#14 posted 11-19-2007 07:42 PM

Douglas – yes it is. It’s a 10mm one. They have one smaller at 8mm.

This one has a rounded sole for dishing out the insides of the top and bottom of the violin.
I have to finish that violin one of these days!

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Zuki

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#15 posted 11-21-2007 11:27 PM

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