|Project by DHS||posted 11-29-2015 10:54 PM||1219 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
I was in need of a smoothing plane for better handling figured hardwoods but I have so many bench planes already that I did not want to buy another! Then, a friend and member of our local woodworker’s club (NCWA) offered a class on building a Krenov-style handplane and it occurred to me that this would be my chance to build my smoothing plane for figured woods. This plane is made from laminated maple, cherry and holly. I arranged the grain to minimize changes in the shape of the sole (by using quartersawn maple) and also arranged the grain so that it pointed toward the heel-end of the sole. The plane iron is bedded at 55 degrees (also known as middle pitch). As you can see in the series of photos, I began with a rectangular blank and a plane iron from Hock tools. I drilled holes for alignment dowels and then ripped off the sides and cut the bed for the plane iron on the table saw. In front of the plane iron I cut a rounded opening to allow room for shavings. I glued it all back together and leveled the base using sandpaper adhered to plate glass. By the time I was finished with the base the plane was cutting shavings. I then bandsawed, routed, and sanded the plane to give it the look of an old-fashioned roadster. I finished the plane with shellac, waterlox varnish, and paste wax. Now, what did I do with that piece of figured maple that was in the shop…?
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA