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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 04-27-2009 07:30 AM 4387 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you look through my projects you can see that I have already built a couple of hand planes. They are fun to make. I recently purchased “Shop-Made Hand Planes with Matt Seiler”. He really tweaked and simplified some of the ideas I already had about making hand planes. These are the result. They work reasonable well but my end goal is to be able to make planes that are as easy to use as my Veritas planes. Each time I make one, I get a little closer. I finished them with my Beall Buffing wheels.

Enjoy!

Tim

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 07:34 AM

Hey Tim
these are great planes and the work well how can you beat that.

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Matt

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 04:14 PM

Very nice! I’m exploring ‘planemaking’ as well. Except, I plan to mill the bodies on my CNC. If I may ask, what irons are you using in your planes? I’m looking for a source of short thick irons to use with wooden wedges like yours.

Thanks for sharing. Great work.

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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Tim Dorcas

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 09:09 PM

Hi Matt,

I am not how thick you need your iron to be. You can get lots of different plane blades at Lee Valley Tools. The larger plane is based on Taiwanese Plane Iron that you can find here. The smaller is one is based on a Hock Plane. The Hock Plane is very substantial but costs almost 4 times as much as the other one.

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 06:13 PM

Awesome Tim! Thanks a ton. I’m going to try some of the cheaper plane blades. You’re right, the Hock blades are pricey! If these hold an edge decently, for my needs, then I’m happy!

Would it be possible to get any info on your specific dimensions, bed angles, distance of the mouth from the toe, etc? I know, I ask too many questions.

Thanks again,
Matt

-- Matt - My Websites - http://www.bestinwood.com - Hand Tools :: http://www.workshopgarage.com - Small Shops

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Tim Dorcas

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 12:15 AM

Hi Matt,

The angles really do vary. An easy way to start is to use 45 degrees on both sides. If you are using the cheap plane then use it in a bevel down configuration. I really would recommend download Matt Seiler’s video. He explains things in a fairly easy to understand way. You can get it here. It really is worth the money.

Let me know how you make out!

Tim

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 07:31 AM

Do these use a chip breaker? Great looking BTW. I have a young son and I’m finding that I have less time to use my power tools in the shop, so it just makes sense to learn to use more hand tools.

Thanks,
Jeff

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 06:06 PM

Those really look fantastic! Great job, sir.

-- Best, -Matt-

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Tim Dorcas

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 06:36 AM

Hey Matt, Thanks. Great video :)

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 03:05 AM

Thanks, Tim. It’s great that you got a lot out of it.

Making planes is fun, isn’t it? There’s something fundamentally cool about making your own tools in the shop. At least I think so.

Keep at ‘em!

-- Best, -Matt-

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