Jim Krenov Plane

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Project by Philip Edwards posted 07-08-2007 09:39 PM 14096 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HI Folks
This is a plane I have been waiting eagerly for! It is a smoothing plane hand made by world famous cabinetmaker James Krenov.

Sadly, Jim has had to give up making cabinets due to his failing eyesight but is still making the odd hand plane. I contacted him and asked to be put on the waiting list. And here it is!
It is an interesting little item – roughly made, no finish applied, a seeming coarse piece. But once you use the plane it is obvious just how much thought has gone into its design. The body is shaped asymmetrically, which is not obvious at first. This makes it very comfortable in the hand (and thankfully I’m right-handed, like Jim, as it is made for this grip)

I am a big fan of Mr Krenov’s work. I could never afford one of his cabinets so am grateful to be able to own this small piece of his work.


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#1 posted 07-08-2007 10:33 PM

It’s a great looking plane. Treasure it.

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

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#2 posted 07-09-2007 12:07 AM

That’s impressive!
so how long were you on the waiting list?

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#3 posted 07-09-2007 01:09 AM

Phillip, did you expect a plane with smoother lines and finished wood, or is what you received what you expected? Does the rough appearance reflect his failing eyesight or is this an intentional design?

I suppose there might be a temptation to smooth out the roughness and apply an oil finish but that my distract from the provenance of the plane. What are your intentions with this?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 07-09-2007 02:34 AM

I saw an episode of Woodworks where David made his own plane and he didn’t apply a finish to his either, I forget if he said why though…

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#5 posted 07-09-2007 02:37 AM

Phillip, do you plan to smooth the rear of the plane or leave it as is? It looks like it does a great job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-09-2007 06:50 AM

Good job, very nice looking blockplane, jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-09-2007 07:58 AM

I had to wait about 3 months for the plane.
Don, the unfinished surface is actually a plus point. It makes the plane very easy to grip – it certainly wont slide out of your grasp!
If you have any of JK’s books you will see he never applies a finish to his tools. So it was not a surprise. The plane is a reflection of JK’s attitude to woodwork!

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#8 posted 07-09-2007 09:33 AM

I just love it – (currently reading his books)...

Also really like your Krenov Inspired case – you going to post that here?

What’s the wood species of the Krenov plane? Nice work obtaining this piece. That was thoughtful.

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

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#9 posted 07-09-2007 02:23 PM

if you dont mind how much?

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#10 posted 12-06-2008 11:54 PM

This plane looks as if comfort is key. I’ll bet that plane feels great while you are using it. Definitely a well thought out design. ENJOY!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#11 posted 12-17-2008 03:27 AM

I too was lucky enough to get a almost identical Krenov smoother as a Christmas present in 2007. My fiancee at the time (now my wife) surprised me by doing her homework and contacting Krenov by email, arranging the purchase (I still don’t know how much she paid and she says “don’t ask!”), and presenting it to me Christmas morning with her parents witnessing the moment. I opened the gift and remarked something like “Wow, this is a nice Krenov-style plane…where’d you get it?” She looked at me and answered at the same second I noticed the “JK” initials on the toe of the plane, “It was made by Krenov.” I stared at her in disbelief and shock while tears welled up in my eyes. I could scarcely speak. I just hugged her hard and whispered, “This is the best gift ever! Thank you so much!” Her parents appeared confused by my reaction, but I wouldn’t expect non-woodworkers to understand. To this day, when I look at the plane, I count my blessings for finding a woman who loves me so much that she would go to that extent to make me happy. I’m now planning to make a small wall display case to house the plane and the hand-written note from Krenov that came with it. I think I’ll make it “Krenov-style.”

-- Mark H.

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#12 posted 12-17-2008 09:50 AM

I paid about £170, I think.

Mark- a wonderful story. Enjoy!

Best regards

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