The making of 11 small hand planes.

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The making of 11 small hand planes.
ohhh yes and smile while you build

This is a little tour de small plane, there is a three parts blog, a mess… Now it’s said, I usually try making my blogs in a fair order and to make it easy to understand, this one jumps from one plane to the other, one process to the other and even the pictures are so different of quality, that this must be the big mess Mads blog…

The blog:

1. Planes, planes and planes.
2. All repurposed irons.
3. Thinking into the box…
4. Setting up a work flow.
5. New life to a worn out plane iron.
6. Shaping the body (not mine).

Mini plane Krenov style.

Block / apron plane Krenov style.

Mini smoother Japanese style.

Good grip mini smoother.

The construction saw saw blade mini jointer.

Mini jointer, Japanese style.

Half round.

Chisel plane, most for fun.

Palm pushed mini plane.

Compass plane, the clog…

Luthier convex. 40mm long.

For size next to a No. 4 Stanley.

Thank you for watching, this was a joyful path to go.

Links for some of my other plane making blogs:
Convex krenov:
Flush trim plane:
Low angel shoulder plane:
Router plane:
30 minutes chisel plane:
Japanese Krenov jointer:
Japanese scraper plane:
Scraper shaves my way:

The blog is dedicate to a old LJ friend DIV , you are missed, but will not be forgotten, often in my thoughts and a special place in my heart.

Perhaps this can inspire others to make planes in all sizes, it is time well spend.

Best thoughts,


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

12 comments so far

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-12-2015 12:32 PM

Quite a nice addition to you collection. I think you have more planes than anyone I know. What a variety!! Nice going, Mads.

Cheers, Jim

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

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

Thank you Jim, laugh when I reached 100 I stopped to count and promised my self not to do that any more.
This build was really great fun, more about pleasure and skill building than plane collecting.
Cheers, Mads

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

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 02:19 PM

Great little project Mads, and a nice tribute to DIV as well.
Hey, you may even find uses for most of them…. :-)
There is a strange, hard to explain, satisfaction about making planes …... don’t you think?

I enjoyed the blog series as well, lots of pics!

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

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#4 posted 04-12-2015 02:43 PM

Beautiful little planes, Mads!! They are all wonderful and make me smile just looking at them. Thank you for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 02:44 PM

I always enjoy your tool projects,their always so well done and your use innovative techniques.Super planes Mads.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-12-2015 03:00 PM

Well done! I enjoyed following all your links that blossom out from you plane links listed above. You have created a veritable wooden plane database accessible to us all thru your various links. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us. This page is becoming a favorite.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 04-12-2015 09:33 PM

Mads, I think you’re on a mission to create tomorrows Museum :)
You are certainly a master toolmaker my friend

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 04-12-2015 09:52 PM

Wow Mads, These are sweet little planes. I have future plans to build some guitars and some variation of these would be great. Very nice work as always.

Yea, I miss Div. I have tried to stay in contact with him but he hasn’t written in a couple of years. Last I knew he was working for a solar energy company

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 04-12-2015 10:37 PM

do you have any idea how frustrating it is… go out and break your hind-end all day ( I am a cement finisher) and come home,,,,,beat up…..pour myself a drink and sit down at my computer. and look at your blog. I like you . but then all I see is ” HEY I SAT AROUND ALL DAY AND MADE PLANES!’ JERK lol. no really I love your projects. and I am going to post the few I have gotten to the last year. nobody tells you If you like woodworking don’t have kids and a job lol. awesome planes!

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 04-12-2015 11:18 PM

Ok, I will ask. Why 11 planes?

Another great blog Mads, enjoyable read this evening for me. :)

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 04-13-2015 10:56 AM

As always, lovely designs, impeccably made, well done,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#12 posted 05-08-2015 04:26 AM

OMG! All I can say….outstanding insight and design thought. Beautiful pieces!!! Goodness, I’m jealous.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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