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Project by cyclops4069 posted 04-22-2014 12:13 PM 1179 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ok….in relatively quick succession, my second project. Its a hand plane. I didn’t really start with any preconceived ideas of what I wanted to achieve. all I knew – is that I wanted to have a go. I had a couple old chisels lying around and I wanted to make the most of the great cutting edges these old chisels offer. The timber I used for this build was effectively Australian wattle for the main body elements with the sides being made form tassy oak. the oak is pretty common – although the wattle was something that I managed to scavenge from a farmers paddock a few months back – and I always was intending to use it for tool handles or the like.

this is really an experiment in angles, tolerances through the mouth of the plane and just a good way to play with sharpening techniques on the old chisel. its an old “sorby – Sheffield blade – 1 1/4 inch I think??.

I didn’t really plan any specific dimensions in terms of its length, height etc. was more a case of watching something evolve and as its shape started to get interesting, I thought for a moment…”right – gee – that’s got a bit of a roadster fell about it”...so I stopped. The chisel still needs a good workout on my wet stones and the entire plane is about to get its third and fourth rubs of Danish oil. apart from that – I will look to cut the chisel stem off….so that the flat splay on the chisel becomes the “tapping” point for adjustments etc.

any thoughts or suggestions are very welcome. I really enjoyed this project, I am really keen to produce a few more…if not for the pleasure of making superfine shavings…. then at least for the pleasure of making a few planes. I know I haven’t got it setup to any degree of perfection – but I look to learn along an enjoyable journey.

-- regards, cyclops4069





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steve_in_ohio

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 12:35 PM

very nice looking plane, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 12:39 PM

Cy, the plane looks nice. I like the woods you used and the shape looks comfortable. They are a lot of fun to build.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 03:23 PM

Your thought process is as important, if not more so, then the end result. This is how new tools are developed. That being said, I think you have built an attractive, functional plane.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 05:26 PM

Great job, nice looking tool…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 09:54 PM

Nice job!

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 12:39 AM

Resourceful use of materials. Just be careful with the pointed tang of the chisel.

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cyclops4069

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 01:18 AM

thanks techteacher04….I’m removing the tang….and will use the flat splay as the end of the blade

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 05:03 AM

Some of my best projects evolve from what I have to work with. That chisel will surly hold an edge for a good long time between sharpenings. The plane looks great!

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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#9 posted 04-19-2015 08:53 PM

Super cool.
Nothing beats self made tools, especially from recycled parts.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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