Another Plane #2

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Project by nonickswood posted 05-02-2015 11:42 AM 1500 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first one worked so well and was quite fun to make so this is Plane #2
The Irons were made from Starrett heavy duty hacksaw blade, High speed steel, hard as can be.

Woods; Holly & Purple-heart.
Finish; Linseed oil.

It is a little shorter than the first one.

Enough broken blades to make few more!

Have a Great Weekend!!
Thanks for looking!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 11:50 AM

My Gosh Nick, those are just wonderful.
I bet they were fun to make too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 03:39 PM

Very nice plane and the iron made from a hack saw blade sounds interesting and a little blog on that would be nice .I also like the wedge set up .
I am making my second plane at the moment and I think I got addicted it’s just too much fun creating and playing with something I made .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 03:42 PM

Those are real beauties. Congratulations.

lhelluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 07:20 PM

Sweet, Nick! I’ve made several planes myself. Something very satisfying about using tools built by your own hands.

-- Semper Fi

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#5 posted 05-02-2015 08:27 PM

Darn nice looking planes, well done. I may have to try making one of these just for the heck of it. Just how wide is one of these hack saw blades you are re-purposing? I’m with Kiefer on seeing a small blog about your process. Thanks for the share.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 11:59 PM

Thank you All for your wonderful comments.
Kiefer & Ron, I recovered these blades from our Machinist at work. They are 1-1/2” wide with the teeth on them so they end up being 1-3/8” or so when they are removed with a hand held angle grinder.
They are very hard & brittle, I have found one way to get them to a proper starting length is to clamp them squarely in a vise and give them a whack! with a rubber mallet. (maybe not the safest method, always wear glasses!) Then just scribe a nice square line on the end and keep grinding on bench grinder to square it up.
Set your angle- 20 degrees on bench grinder and start to create the proper bevel. Working slowly a little at a time, you don’t want to overheat the metal, keep quenching it as you go. This takes a considerable amount of effort especially with my small little bench grinder. (Patience & keep it Square)!
Once you have your bevel all the way down to a fine edge you can start working the edge on your sharpening stones. Once you finally get a nice razor sharp edge this high speed steel will hold an edge very well.
I hope this is helpful. There are probably lots of knowledgeable Lj’s out there that have a better method.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 12:03 AM

Nice planes!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 05-03-2015 12:39 AM

Thanks Don,
That means a lot coming from the Master! Your collection is truly Remarkable!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#9 posted 05-03-2015 10:31 AM

NICE!! I may try making a plane after seeing this.
Very well done job Nic!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#10 posted 05-03-2015 10:47 AM

Wonderful planes and when from recycle I like them even better.
They will be your favorites for sure.
Best thoughts,

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

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