My first homemade wood block plane

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Project by PaBull posted 1952 days ago 12554 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first plane. It is a lot of fun making my own tools. As you can see it is my third woodworking tool. I made a bow saw, a wooden mallet and now a plane.

I used walnut and maple. I found a step by step instructions for this first one. I need to work harder on getting it all square and straight.

I made this plane for my brother back in Holland, a professional woodworker-artist. This means I need to make myself an other one still.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 1952 days ago

It looks great especially for a first attempt

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#2 posted 1952 days ago

The nice thing about wooden planes is that you can sand the sole and the sides square. Nice looking plane. Good plan to send the “practice” one to your brother and build yourself one off of that experince.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 1952 days ago

very nice.
It feels great to make your own tools.
yours looks like it came out real nice!

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#4 posted 1952 days ago

Thanks for your nice words. It was a fun project.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 1952 days ago

Looks very nice. What’s the bed angle?

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#6 posted 1952 days ago

Looks good, as long as it planes well, well then a fine job well done. :)

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

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#7 posted 1952 days ago

This is cool. I just finished my first plane yesterday.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 1952 days ago

I love the brass / walnut combination. Sharp plane (pun intended).

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 1951 days ago

great looking plan…very nice job….it’s nice to be able to make and than use something you made. Well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#10 posted 1951 days ago

beautiful plane,i think i want to own a plane like this.

-- china

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#11 posted 1951 days ago

Thanks for you comments…......

Rikkor, the angle is 20 degrees.

Woodspanker, the plane works, but my cuts were not perfectly square, so I have to angle the blade a bit.

Blake, I checked out your Krenov plane, that might be a “next” for me.

Thanks Andy, we need more people like you, your comments make this site tick.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Edward E Nock II

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#12 posted 1951 days ago

wooooooh ! If this is your 1st one ,I would like to ee your last one. What an excellent job. I also noticed the shaving. Good work ! I too make tools/planes & it’s a joy to hear the the swoosh of the good/sharp plane working.



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#13 posted 1951 days ago

looks great. are the instructions from Shopnotes? or other?

(I personally couldn’t tell that this is your ‘first’)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 1937 days ago

Nice plane. Well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1935 days ago

Made this plane myself not to long ago. It’s posted in my projects. Mine was a disaster in the end. I found it in a Wood Magazine supplement I believe. My cross pin was too close to the top of the plane and split the sides under pressure of use. Looked cool, but was horrible in use. Hope you have better luck

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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