Traditional Chinese Edge plane

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Project by bandit571 posted 05-14-2014 07:30 PM 2149 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Start with a simple block of White oak, a saw, some chisels, and files. Took me about six hours. The cutter was a Lathe Skew Chisel from Harour Freight. Recycled the blade to make a new iron out of it. Bolts through the bottom fence go into square sided nuts in the body of the plane. Nuts sit in chiseled out slots to lock them in place.

Idea came from Watching a video series from China. Link to the Closed Caption version Part 1 of 2 Edge plane. fellow says it should only take about ten minutes to make, very simple…...

Bed for the iron is at 45 Degrees, BUt it is angled towards the outside of the plane at about 15 degrees. Edge had to match the opening. This is a skew rebate plane. Top was “carved” by making a few saw cuts at the toe end, then a chisel to hog off the waste. Sand paper to smooth things out. same with the heel end. Shaped it to fit the palm of the hand.

Small hammer to set the cut. and fix the wedge in place.

Wood was 100 yr old Barn Wood White Oak from a rafter. Iron is 1” wide. Not too bad a plane?

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#1 posted 05-14-2014 07:37 PM

Nice work there bandito.

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 07:46 PM

Very nice work.

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 10:24 PM

Very unique, thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 11:48 PM

Good job. Always cool to make your own tools.

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 01:46 AM

Nice looking plane….
That and very cute curly-Q’s….

Whatchya going to make with it???

Ya know, had you a few Mountain Dews….
Ya could have had it finished faster!!! ;^)

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#6 posted 05-15-2014 07:51 AM

Simple and effective. I love it.
Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 05-15-2014 08:10 AM

Nice job, looks like it wokrs well.

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#8 posted 05-15-2014 11:36 PM

I like it. Nice work!!

Maybe the Mountain Dew “breaks” slowed the process. :-)


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#9 posted 06-13-2014 06:15 PM

This is really cool Bandit!

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