wooden jointer plane

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Project by chaim posted 03-09-2009 01:23 AM 6395 views 18 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Its been awhile since I last posted but this was something I wanted to share with evryone.
I have a commision to build a large dinning room table and I needed a way to flatten the top without having to shlep (read drag) it over to a larger shop to surface.
Pressed into the corner this way I decided to fasion a jointer plane from offcuts I had around waiting for that special something, so here it is!

I used a variaty off woods. The core is pine. the sole and top are made from beach. the sides are zeebrawood and the handles are walnut and the wedge is wenge. I finished it with a oil varnish mixture for beuty and durability.
at first I was concerned about the stability of all the mixed spicies but so far so good (its still dead flat)

With this one I was in a rush but promiised myself to look at this as a learning expiriance and to make improvements on the next one.

After got through the initial fright that I’m just waisting my time I can truely say that its not as dificult as I thought and I highly reccommend making your own planes to better understand woods and to personolize all your wood working efforts.


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#1 posted 03-09-2009 01:55 AM

Just proves you don,t need to spend big bucks to make sweet shavings. Very nice

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 02:40 AM

Nice homemade plane.

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 04:26 AM

Looks great! Could you post up details on how it was built?

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 06:44 AM

Nice plane that shaves evenly. Great job, Chaim!

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 10:01 AM

Lovely plane… love it!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#6 posted 03-09-2009 01:47 PM

Beatiful Jointer….must be very rewarding to make shaves with a home made plane….
I use to refurbish old Hand planes, but Im getting in the point to build my owns, I have been reading lately about making my own Irons…..its not the big deal

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 02:10 PM

Thanks everyone!
I made the plane as explained in several sources by David marks, and off of the fine woodworking web site.
But basically you mill a blank larger than your plane iron. Leave room to saw the cheeks off, leaving the center portion just larger than your iron.
Than you make 45 and 60 deg cuts rout a channel and glue everything backtogether. After some more fussing you have a plane to use!
I can’t explain it better than David marks can and you can get that for free at
perhaps the next one I can document with pictures.
Thanks again,

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#8 posted 03-09-2009 04:46 PM

Looks sweet and I’m sure it works just as sweet

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 02:15 AM

Wow, this is a really nice post. I have always wanted to make a plane but have simply felt intimidated by the process. I will have to take a look at David’s tutorial.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 03-10-2009 05:39 AM

That’s a great looking plane. Making a plane is one of the projects on my list I hope it turns out as nice as yours.

-- Warning: Sharp chisels are dangerous and should be handled with care. Dull chisels are even more dangerous and should be sharpened.

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#11 posted 06-07-2009 02:37 PM

Whenever I receive a comment from a member, I usually like to visit their gallery.

You have some nice things here.

This is a very nice looking plane, & I love to see a nice shaving curl.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 06-07-2009 05:42 PM

Hey Chaim
Very nice plane super tool

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#13 posted 08-26-2009 11:46 PM

That is a real beauty. What blade or Ironsides you use? Very very cool!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#14 posted 08-28-2009 11:27 AM

Hi Rob, I just used the standard iron and chip breaker. Thats all that was available to me at the time and I needed the plane to complete a project so I just went with the only option I had!
I suppose I will upgrade in the future but for now the pace of buisness has pushed me into the power tool world mostly!

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#15 posted 05-17-2010 05:03 PM

Wow, that’s cool. Will you make me one?

-- Chris

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