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Project by RusticJohn posted 04-01-2015 10:19 PM 1919 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still making planes. This is my version of a Viking plane shown by Robin Wood on the Internet. It is somewhat similar to his but, as is my way, I couldn’t help putting some ornate touches in. I also made the blade with the help of a mate.

Oak from a piano was used for the body and wedge. When I got the wood it had a beautiful figured grain on the surface. Much to my surprise this turned out to be an oak veneer on oak. Fortunately the underlying wood was quite attractive and very heavy. Must have been a very slow growing tree originally. The blade is made from O1 steel with all the usual heat treatment. The construction was a bit of a mission as I departed from my usual Krenov method and went for a more traditional hollowed our approach, albeit with two halves of wood. The design is partly based on the original version and partly on my ideas about what a Viking woodworker might traditionally incorporate into the plane.

It is not the most comfortable plane to use as the raised tail and the bent back blade jam the hand into an uncomfortable holding position. However it does cut well and will make an interesting demonstration tool. I did have to do quite a bit of tuning to get it to cut well. In the beginning the shavings jammed badly and a lotl of adjustment to the throat and wedge was require to get a good clearing process.

The plane was made so I could have an understanding of the way a Viking could use and feel the plane. I was reaching back through the centuries to see if I could reproduce the experience of an ancient craftsman. Probably won’t make another like this but might try a Roman or medieval European one.

-- RusticJohn





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mafe

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#1 posted 04-01-2015 11:19 PM

I love it.
Really fine work on that plane.
It is on my to do list, but need a place to forge a blade…
As a Dane I think I have to make one sooner or later, after all I have Viking in my blood.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2015 12:05 AM

Fantastic John a real gem.

Regards David

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#3 posted 04-02-2015 12:44 AM

Absolutely love it.

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 02:28 AM

That is a plane to behold and I would love to know more about the making of it .
Love the carving and general shape but the iron is like the crown .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#5 posted 04-02-2015 04:43 AM

Thank you all for the comments. There was nothing special about the way the plane was made. Basically two halves with the throat cut out before they were glued together. Its easier than trying to do it in one solid piece. Besides my wood wasn’t thick enough so had to be laminated anyway. Then fitted the blade and wedge, played with the sole, throat and wedge shapes until I got a good cutting action and flow of the shavings. Then shaped and carved the body. I forgot to mention that I also hollowed the sole in the manner of Japanese planes and chamfered the sides. The only tricky bit was the carving of the knot patterns. I have never done one before and found that maintaining consistency with the curves was harder than I had anticipated.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 12:10 PM

Very well done.

Phil

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#7 posted 04-02-2015 02:10 PM

Wonderful plane. I see that you runer cut into the side. That is cool.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#8 posted 04-02-2015 02:12 PM

Think that my forefathers would have loved it!
The planes they use here just a few km away from my home has a longer “tail” to allow for a better grip. Tryed theirs and it is a pleasure to hold and use.
Like your work and think that it looks lige a great plane. Allso apreciate that you made your own iron. Lovely!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 04-02-2015 02:18 PM

Fancy Shmansy! I love this plane

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 03:55 PM

I love it!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 05:57 PM

WOW thats kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 04-02-2015 07:40 PM

Thank you all for the comments.

-- RusticJohn

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#13 posted 04-02-2015 09:45 PM

i can’t wait to see it in person at the shed!

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#14 posted 04-02-2015 10:12 PM

For some reason, I want to travel in time, grow a beard, and sale the Norwegian coast. Nice work!

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#15 posted 04-03-2015 12:49 AM

Great ornate tool. You’ll be proud to push that one along!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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