A couple planes

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Project by mtbxxl posted 02-12-2009 12:06 AM 2467 views 15 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a few pics of some recent planes I made. I had originally intended to make some Krenov style smoothers, then I saw a pic of someone’s toted smoother in cocobolo and just loved it. I like the idea of a single iron plane like the British infills, so that’s what i decided to make. The maple plane has a 2 1/4 in. blade made by Ron Hock. It’s a thick blade intended as a replacement for infill planes with Norris style adjusters – got it from The oak/purpleheart plane is a scrub plane with a 1.5 in. Lie-Neilsen blade. Both work better than I could have hoped. Thanks for looking!

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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 12:44 AM

Beautiful planes, congrats, both planes look great!
I have always wanted to make a steel plane, maybe is time to give it a try…....have you consider to build an steelplane?

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 04:45 AM

Great job! They look they’re fun to use. How long did it take to make them? Had you made planes in the past? I have made two in the past but you remind me that I should give it another shot. Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 02-12-2009 05:33 AM

Thx for the compliments. The planes don’t take all that long. If you have square stock in the morning, you can take shavings mid afternoon, although the totes are labor intensive. The way I do the tote involves cutting out and fairing a template from 1/4” MDF, then rough cutting the shape in my stock on the bandsaw. Then I flush trim to the template on the router table. Then switch to the round-over bit and do that. Lots of filing and sanding, then chopping the mortise on the plane body and glue it in, bada bing.

I got interested in planes a number of years ago and have managed to collect a nice set of user Stanleys, #3 through #7. But I very much admire a nice wooden plane, so I did a little research and realized it was not that difficult. Granted, the Krenov method greatly simplifies the experience.

Doudthead asked about making a metal plane. Boy would I like to do that someday, but I am not equipped for metalworking in any fashion. I have my sights set on a few Lie-Neilsen planes. My lovely wife gave me a bronze #103 block plane for xmas. She’s a keeper.

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 09:09 AM

Very cool… I’d love to make some soon. I really like yours…


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#5 posted 02-12-2009 11:00 PM

Nice job. I have become a bit obsessed about wooden planes lately and I am itching to make one myself. I figured I would start with this laminated/Krenov style first and work my way up to the classic one block style. I’m glad to hear that it didn’t take long as I think I need to make a good fore plane to true up the top of my bench once finished.

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#6 posted 02-12-2009 11:33 PM

Your planes look great. I saw a metal plane that a guy had made. I asked him how he did it and he laughed and said I used files. I really thought he was pulling my leg, but he started talking and told me how he filed the metal sole to take dovetails that he had filed in the brass sides. He claimed it was a lot faster than it looked. I got to looking around and found a magazine article and that was the same method that they used. They too said it was much easier than it looked and they used a similar method to Krenov. I think he also said he used a jeweler’s saw (similar to a coping saw) and a hack saw.

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#7 posted 04-20-2009 06:06 PM

I’ve got to make a smoother. Wow!

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