A Bunch of Small Wooden Planes

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Project by woodoogolem posted 11-29-2014 07:13 PM 1376 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some time I am subscribed to Paul Seller’s Woodworking Masterclasses. The first project I did myself was the one about wooden planes [behind paywall but there are accompanying blog posts ].

I made a small series with different blade angles and sole profiles to try the feasability of custom configurations. The wood is wild service tree. Several coats of tung oil should make the surface a bit harder. For the blades I bought some 3mm tool steel which I cut to size and hardened in an old cooking pot using charcoal and a blow dryer. To my surprise it was quite easy to grind sharp but quarter-circle round edges.

The planes work quite fine but obviously are rather lightweight as they are even smaller than your average block plane. Also the mouths tended to clog due to the wedge, so I had to open them quite wide. But as the whole project was a success I will probably make some more with other profiles.

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 07:32 PM

Nice job, Great looking planes.

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

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#2 posted 11-29-2014 10:26 PM

They’re “cuteiful” as my kid would say- very nice!

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#3 posted 11-30-2014 02:00 AM

These are great. I’m gearing up to make my first plane.

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#4 posted 11-30-2014 05:57 AM


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#5 posted 12-01-2014 01:52 PM

Wonderful little planes.
You learned a lot from this and so you have had your eyes opened.
Best thoughts,

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

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