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Project by Ripthorn posted 03-26-2015 01:55 AM 1658 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When building one of my more recent guitars, I wanted a thumb plane for carving the top, but didn’t want to shell out $60 for an Ibex. I found a little tutorial on making these, so I scrounged some scraps from the shop: monkey pod for the sides, curly maple for the middle section, 1/8” brass rod for the cross pin, some O1 for the blade, mild steel for the lever cap, and an old screw with a small scrap of steel rod and rosewood for the thumb screw. After assembly was complete, the bottom was belt sanded to shape with the iron in it. I then honed the iron without hardening. I will harden it when I do my next batch of hardening. It has a twin that is flat soled that has yet to be completely finished. It’s a fun little guy!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science





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#1 posted 03-26-2015 04:18 AM

Sure is a neat little plane good job Brian!

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 09:59 AM

Well done

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 10:13 AM

Super sweet plane you made.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 02:37 PM

Very nice, Brian!
Cannot believe how small it is…looks impossible to assemble with my 10 thumbs.

Your work is very inspiring, I’m dying to build another plane! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 04:24 PM

Thanks, Terry! It is a tiny little guy, the thumb screw is threaded 6-32, which is half the diameter I usually use. Plane building sure is a fun distraction, I am thoroughly enjoying my recent foray back into it.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#6 posted 03-26-2015 06:45 PM

Nice plane.

  1. I found a little tutorial on making these ####

Would it be possible to make the tutorial available or supply a link if it is online?

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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#7 posted 03-26-2015 06:51 PM

George, here it is.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#8 posted 03-26-2015 07:15 PM

Brian, SUPER!
Thanks a lot. I want to try my hand on one of these. :)

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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Ripthorn

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#9 posted 03-26-2015 07:18 PM

George, they are a lot of fun. I recommend making several at a time, since a couple of them will probably go awry. It also makes for less waste.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#10 posted 03-27-2015 03:40 AM

Awesome little plane, Brian! I am favoriting this. Gotta make some, then figure out something to use ‘em on! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Ripthorn

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#11 posted 03-27-2015 12:31 PM

Candy, these come in handy on all kinds of things. A flat sole is perfect for working the edges of small box lids and such. And, you can make them any size you want. A 3 or 4” long one is on my list. A 3/4” iron would make it perfect for some things.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#12 posted 03-29-2015 12:19 AM

That’s so cute!!! That’s what one o my Grnddaughters would say.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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