Smooth Plane

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Project by Bill Lattanzio posted 09-03-2014 01:18 AM 1391 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a smoothing plane I recently finished. The plane is 10 inches long, made with Bubinga cheeks and an Ash body/wedge. Overall build time was roughly 6 hours not including glue up time. It took just under 3 hours to shape the plane and just under two to make and fit the wedge.
The plane was shaped using chisels, a spokeshave, a block plane, and a rasp. I used French curves to lay out the basic shape. The sole was flattened using a Stanley #4 smooth plane, and then progressive sheets of sandpaper on the table saw bed from 60 grit up to 600 grit. For the finish I used two coats of linseed oil and one coat of wax. The iron is a Hock tools plane iron.
I’ve only made some test passes with it as of yet, but I’ve been able to take full shavings in Pine and Poplar. It was an interesting project, and I’m sure I will make others.

-- Bill L, PA, I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 01:46 AM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 02:24 AM

Good job, I have used Krenov planes, ones he built and used, and the test is to be able to read a newspaper through a full width shaving!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 12:45 PM


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#4 posted 09-03-2014 10:38 PM

That is a classy plane man, you plan to use it or to sell it?

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 11:54 PM

excellent project

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Bill Lattanzio

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 11:52 AM

Thanks everybody. I’ve been able to take nice shavings, but the wedge needs more work. The wedge is still a little too long and is too near to the mouth. I will shorten it, but I also plan on making another wedge, partially just for practice.

I don’t plan on selling the plane. However, I’m going to make more, at least two more smoothers and a few blocks, and if I get them to the point where they work the way I would like, I would consider selling them. This is the 4th plane I’ve made, all of them have worked well, but they are all nuanced and have their own little quirks. If I ever do make planes to sell I would like to be sure that the little quirks aren’t there anymore.

-- Bill L, PA, I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 04:20 PM

Outstanding tool!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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