Walnut smoother

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Project by john2005 posted 08-10-2015 07:08 PM 2718 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the smoother I made for Wolfdaddy for the swap. As usual of late, there is much thanks to other LJs for the inspiration. The block of walnut came from LJ BRK and the whole thing is made from the one piece. (pic 5) The adjsting hammer is a knockoff of one I received from LJ Woodcox, although his is nicer. This one does have the matching walnut handle. The iron is an old forged Shapton that is easily 3/16 thick at the cutting end. It has a lot of years left in it. The chipbreaker is the one it came with and other than an evapo bath, regrind and sharpen, they are as found. The iron is bed at 50 degrees to help with the more unruly grains. The front knob I tried to capture the infill feel, but I carved it till it fit my hand. The rear tote resembles a Stanley, but again, altered to fit. I sent the whole thing away with a bottle of local beer, something LJ 7’er did for me in the Mallet swap and I thought was over the top class. So I stole that idea too.
The downside was that during the milling of the tote, I was using a new to me router. It would not hold a bit the first and second pass were fine, but on the third pass, the bit started walking out. I had a fair amount of patchwork to do, but luckily I had plenty of similar grained wood to work with.
Enjoy Wolfdaddy!!!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#1 posted 08-10-2015 07:11 PM

Very nice! Absolutely beautiful work.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 07:12 PM

An artful smoother John. The wood is amazing too. You did an outstanding job.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 07:19 PM

Fantastic work with a neat looking hammer as well, good show John!

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 07:23 PM

That’s one beautiful plane John!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#6 posted 08-10-2015 07:37 PM

Dayum that’s a slick lookin smoother. I wanna touch it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 08-10-2015 07:42 PM

John, great plane. I like the clean lines. BTW, don’t let Steff touch your smoother, it would lead to another slippery slope!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 08-10-2015 07:48 PM

That is artful. Very well done. Not sure I could bring myself to use, it is that nice.

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#9 posted 08-10-2015 07:50 PM

Beautiful piece of walnut and you did it justice with that piece of functional art you made. Great job, John!

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 08-10-2015 08:46 PM

That’s an interesting and unique plane. The old iron looks very hefty. I like the figure in the walnut, and the hammer is a nice addition.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 08-10-2015 09:21 PM

Fantastic work John. That is an awesome smoother!


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#12 posted 08-10-2015 09:21 PM

Beautiful, John! Love the walnut and brass. The tote is outstanding work of art in itself! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 08-10-2015 09:25 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship—show a true labor of love!

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

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#14 posted 08-10-2015 09:47 PM

Thank you all for the kind words.

7 thank you for your inspiration in the packaging!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#15 posted 08-10-2015 10:00 PM

+1 to all the above. Beautiful John!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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