Mini kanna - Japanese inspired mini hand plane

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Mini kanna
Japanese inspired mini hand plane

I have a good friend Flemming, he keeps bringing me little tool presents, so I decided it was time to make him a small token of appreciation.
Flemming is an artist and like me he has a soft spot for tools, but as I knew he had no Japanese planes, I thought it would be a good place to go.
The blade is a old French plane iron I cut to length.
The body ash.
Krenov method but with the blade placed in the back end as a Japanese kanna.
It makes some really fine shaves and Flemming seemed to be happy for this little token of our friendship.

1. The plane with some shaves.
2. On top of Japan…
3. Size does matter.
4. Sole.
5. Blade and wedge.
6. The plane.

Here a few of the gifts from Flemming that I can use some help to figure out.
Look at that wonderful burnisher.
(the wine was from my neighbor).

First there were this little brass plate, I was thinking it could be to put on the square, but it’s only a guess.

And then this? Any ideas?

Hope this can inspire others to make their own tools.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 03:05 PM

Very cute kanna! Makes me want to try to make one :) The other tools are a mystery to me.

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 03:05 PM

The last one almost resembles a veneer trimmer, without a blade.

Fantastic little plane, too!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 03:29 PM

Cute little devil that.
Another Mads original. Flemming is a lucky fellow.

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

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 03:47 PM

That’s a sweet little plane. Great post as usual. Thanks.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 04:32 PM

Mads, such a delightful little plane! The contrast in the second picture is wonderful, as well. Initially, I thought the second mystery tool was some kind of profile sanding block. Then, I decided the part I was wanting to wrap sand paper around was actually the handle. Looking forward to the correct answer.
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 11:14 PM

That’s cool looking. Great gift. Love your makers mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 11:40 PM

Looks great, you can put that in your pocket! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jack, Delta B.C.

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 04:19 AM

Very nice, Mads, but will it do this …

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 12:50 PM

the last pic looks like a screen print squeegee handle and the rubber squeegee would be tension fit
maybe it houses a blade and used as a scrapper or something

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 01:06 PM

You’re a hand plane making machine Mads. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 03-02-2015 11:56 PM

Beatiful! Love the plane too. Is a awesome proyect, and excellent present.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#12 posted 03-16-2015 11:23 AM

Hi girls and guys.
Gerardo, it’s a really easy to make project, just takes a little time, but time well spend.
Roger, sex machine (James Brown) – naaaaa tool making machine perhaps.
gsimon, I think you are right, it’s for printing, remember having seen these, thanks.
John, the video are gone… Sorry I’m late.
Jax, yes we never know when we need one.
doubled, thanks.
Candy, big smile here, think gsion answered it.
R_stad, thank you.
Paul, Flemming was happy and that made me happy too. Thanks.
Lew, I could think of using it like that…
siavosh, go for it, you will enjoy.
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 03-16-2015 08:12 PM


How is the bottom? Concave or convex anywhere? If so why? Thank you

-- Mihai, Port Credit, Canada

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#14 posted 03-16-2015 09:19 PM

Hi Mihai,
No this one is all flat.
I made a blog about a convex plane some time back:
Hope it can answer your questions.
Best thoughts,

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

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