Katam (smoothing plane)

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 02-28-2015 08:42 AM 9825 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my new smoothing plane and would like to share the photos with you guys. I used a block of Aranga wood i had lying around for this project. The block was tough to work on that I probably spent more time honing my chisels than cutting the slot for the blade and lock. I sculpted the palm rest from balayong wood and was easier to work on. The blade was repurposed from a worn down Blu-mol hacksaw blade. These old blades make into the best plane blades I’ve ever used. The lock for the blade was cut, bent and polished from a 2” GI pipe.

The plane is 2-1/4” wide by 11 inches long.

Have a great weekend guys!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 10:21 AM

Wow Benji, that is the most innovative ‘wedge’, and one of the most beautiful planes I’ve seen. Am I correct in assuming that the hacksaw blade comes from an industrial power hacksaw? If so it is the same kind that many make woodcarving knives out of here in Norway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 01:12 PM

beautiful plane. the shaping is beautiful like an exotic car. It looks very fast.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 01:18 PM

Really a unique tool.
I also really enjoy the thinking of using the chip breaker as wedge.
That’s new thinking.
Can it really hold it in place even on tough woods?
The design reminds me of the Chinese types, but with your elegant handle in stead of the traditional stick.
Wonderful to see new ways and the fine work you put into it.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 01:34 PM

Interesting design. That must be some hacksaw!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 02:38 PM

hey Benji, this is like a maserati of smoothers…all hopped up and ready to go…so after you have checked this one out , the next line of reyes hand plans will be into production…;)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 02:46 PM

Thanks guys! Yes, it is from an industrial hack saw blade Mike. I think it’s Sandvik in your area of the woods. :)
I’m thinking of making another that is 14” Bob.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 03:00 PM

A sculpted beauty, wonderful.

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#8 posted 02-28-2015 03:20 PM

That really is a beautiful plane! And the table is gorgeous too! I wish I could forage in your scrap heap of wood!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 02-28-2015 03:37 PM

I always feel both humbled and inspired when I see your work. It is appreciated.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#10 posted 02-28-2015 03:39 PM

A real show stopper Benji.
Exactly what I would expect from you.
The chip breaker/ wedge is ingenious. Did you come up with that?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 02-28-2015 04:03 PM

Beautiful design Benji and very well crafted,waaaaay cool.

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#12 posted 02-28-2015 04:20 PM

Sweet. Nice use of materials. Excellent work.

I would like to know how it performs.

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 02-28-2015 05:08 PM

Awe, Now your just showing off. Nice engineering, down to the signature on the handle. It’s quite dynamic in appearance. A great BR design!

Wondering about the comfort in use?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 02-28-2015 05:17 PM

Nothing left to be said that hasn’t already been stated. This is one beautiful plane…awesome design…gorgeous wood!!! I want one!! If you want an independent analysis I would be happy to put it through its paces! ;o)

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#15 posted 02-28-2015 05:42 PM

I simply LOVE IT! Looks like a racing yacht. Way cool form. If it works as great as it looks, I want one.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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