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Project by kiefer posted 04-20-2015 11:32 PM 2364 views 5 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first plane I have ever made and I had a lot of fun doing it .
The inspiration came from Mads when he posted his eleven plane run and Paul (SHIPWRIGHT ) .
I have ordered some plane irons from LV but they have not arrived yet so to get going on the plane I managed to find a used iron from a block plane 1 5/8”wide which turned out working well .I made it just for the fun of it along with the little hammer for adjusting the iron .
The plane is made from maple and jatoba (Brazilian cherry ) and is sort of in between a block plane and a #4 .
The sole of the plane is attached a little different with a matrix of 5/16 maple strips running side to side and front to back and this was done with this jig
and also has an adjustable mouth opening feature which is very simple to make and adjust the rest of it is basically a Krenov style with a brass pin and jatoba cross pin making it easy to replace just in case and a brass strike button on the back to adjust the iron .The size is 8 1/2” X2 3/4” the shape fits perfectly in my hand and has a nice weight to it with a oil and wax finish to bring out the color of the beautiful and hard jatoba .

The plane works great as you can see by the shavings it produces and I have made some 2 thousands thick but will play around a little when I get the new irons as this blade is from a block plane and not the proper angle for this but it works way better then I expected .
Comments are always welcome good or not and I hope Mads reads this post to put his mind at ease .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 11:45 PM

Beautiful! Always a piece of art from your shop. I will have to see how you did that adjustable mouth assembly?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 11:56 PM

Very nice work Klaus.
An absolutely beautiful piece. I believe it deserves a blog….....


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 04-20-2015 11:57 PM

Thanks Andre
The adjustable mouth is about as simple as it gets but has to be very precise .
It’s just a 5/16 piece of jatoba with a recess drilled out for the lock screw which is tapped into the plane body .
I did the cut out before gluing the sole to the body but wound up scraping the cut out to get it perfectly flat and the sliding part nice and flush with the sole in the full range of positions .
I sure like this feature and it is something that can be retrofitted to just about and plane wood or metal .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 04-20-2015 11:59 PM

Wow Klaus! Everything you do is so meticulous. Very cool, and sharp.

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

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 12:02 AM

Thanks Steve
Sorry I did not take pictures of this build as I was not sure if it would turn out and it was supposed to be just a practise piece .
I promise I will do a blog on the next one which likely be similar in construction because this one with the features I included but the sole will be attached a little different .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 12:12 AM


Oh-oh, there you go. I can tell you however that it is a fun ride and very rewarding. ....... and the good thing is you can just keep on sliding and you don’t ever really have to hit the bottom. It goes on for ever!

Beautiful and innovative piece of course Klaus. We would all be disappointed if it were any other way. :-)

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

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#7 posted 04-21-2015 12:14 AM

Very attractive tool you have created! Nice work!!..............Jim

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

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#8 posted 04-21-2015 12:17 AM

great plane. I like the adjustable mouth.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 04-21-2015 12:23 AM

Well, the next one will tell us if this is just beginners luck. Something tells me there will be a few more!.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 04-21-2015 12:40 AM

That’s a fine looking plane Klaus, amazing stuff, really…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 04-21-2015 01:32 AM

Nicely done—a work of art. I particularly like your 5/16” matrix and adjustable throat.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 04-21-2015 01:42 AM

That’s a great looking plane Klaus. Built to be a personal tool with your own touch. Nice innovation on the adjustable mouth. I have two irons set aside for the same reason. Hats off to you on a nice job.
I also like the matching hammer. Nice touch.

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

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#13 posted 04-21-2015 02:10 AM

Wondered what the Kiefer master had been doing. I think it’s another Kiefer! Nicely done.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 04-21-2015 03:52 AM

Very nicely done. Now I’m wondering what you will create with those beautiful shavings.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 04-21-2015 06:46 AM

A lovely plane and visible made with love.

Well done Klaus.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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