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Project by Philip Edwards posted 07-08-2007 05:17 PM 3499 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plane is a small smoothing plane I call the “Baby”. I based it on a small wooden block plane I picked up at a second-hand tool shop.

It is made from Goncalo Alves and features a 55 degree pitch. The iron is 40mm wide and 3mm thick, O1 tool steel. I inset a boxwood wear strip in front the of (very tight!)mouth. Finished with boiled linseed oil and wax, it feels real good in the hand and takes a fine shaving.





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Dorje

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#1 posted 07-08-2007 05:25 PM

Very nice nice plane Philip – since getting to know your site and blog, I’ve really wanted to try making a plane!!! Imagine that! I love all your work – and the step by step pictures that document many of your projects are amazing.

Do you have an opinion of the David Finck book? Good place to start?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 07-08-2007 07:10 PM

It is a wonderful plane Phil. Is this one laminated or made from a single piece of wood?

I’m with Dorje. I’m about to start making a few wood planes. I’m thinking about starting with the Hock Kit to get a feel for it. Also planning to order a few Hock blades.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Philip Edwards

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#3 posted 07-08-2007 07:17 PM

Thanks Gents!
Wayne, yes the plane is laminated. Makes construction a lot easier for us mere mortals ;)
I made the iron from some tool steel – it is fairly easy to do. Maybe I’ll make a video on it?
Cheers
Phil

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#4 posted 07-08-2007 07:32 PM

Very nice plane Phillip. I would be interested in a video of your making one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dorje

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#5 posted 07-08-2007 08:36 PM

Yes a video would be GRR-eat…

Is the Finck book a good starting place?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 07-08-2007 08:46 PM

Phil -

Great to see you back at LJ and congratulations on the new path you are on. This is a beatiful plane. I have enjoyed your website for a long time. Wondeful Krenov plane – are you using it or will it be only on display?

I agree on a video!

Have you thought of writing a book and / or producing a small video series for sale on your website?

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Philip Edwards

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#7 posted 07-08-2007 09:23 PM

Dorje – the Finck book is a superb one. Worth every penny/cent!
The Krenov plane? It is in the ‘shop and does get used. Mostly it just inspires me, though :)
I write for the UK magazine “The Woodworker” – I have an on-going series of articles on making planes. There may also be a book in the pipe-line. More info when I know.
And finally, I have started building planes for sale. My first orders have arrived and I am feverishly building away!
Thanks again,
Phil

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#8 posted 07-08-2007 10:01 PM

The planes you’ve made are very nice. I like the comments in your blog and, especially, the step-by-step details for making planes that are on the website linked in your blog. I am a complete beginner at making planes. So far, I have only made one—it’s a jointer plane that I’m not too happy with. Next, I’m going to try making a small chamfer plane. I find Finck’s book a little too wordy, but the high quality photos in it are helpful. I use the books by Perch and Lee (Wooden Planes And How To Make Them) and Whelan (Making Traditional Wooden Planes) very helpful. Now, I also have the step-by-step method you’ve posted. Thanks for that.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#9 posted 07-09-2007 01:25 AM

Nice work as always, Phil.

Where has the link to your website gone?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#10 posted 07-09-2007 01:31 AM

http://www.philsville.co.uk/ (I’ll provide the link assuming Phil is probably sleeping now)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 07-09-2007 07:59 AM

Thanks Wayne! You assumed correctly ;)
Phil

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#12 posted 10-30-2007 04:01 PM

Would love to see a video Phil. I’ve bookmarked a few of your projects now. I’ll have to check out your site.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Philip Edwards

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#13 posted 10-30-2007 10:23 PM

Thanks Jeff – I’m trying to get round to it. Where does the time go!!!?? :)
Best regards
Phil
www.phillyplanes.co.uk

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