Brese 650 Smoother Completed

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Project by Marco Cecala posted 1768 days ago 2893 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would post some photos of my just completed Brese 650 Smoother. I usually don’t go in for excess with my tools and fixtures. I’m the guy with mis-matched doors on mdf shop cabinets. When I saw the great work done by Ron Brese I wanted to try and do it justice.

The infill is ebony. The plane is inlaid with abalone, white, pink, and gold mother of pearl, and brass.

I included some photos of the build, and am happy to expand on the process or answer questions if desired.

And the best part, some .001 shavings from gnarly cherry. The plane cut perfectly regardless of grain direction.

Thanks for the great work Ron, I’m already saving for another one of your planes.

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#1 posted 1768 days ago

Great looking plane. Is this a kit that you personalized or did you build this from scratch?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 1768 days ago

Looks too good to use, looks like a show piece.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#3 posted 1768 days ago

Very nice a great tool

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1768 days ago

Okay, so I never heard of this type of plane but I just looked it up. Am I correct hat these are a kit that comes with the brass and blade and you have to provide the wood? I saw the price and my first thought was that although LN planes are expensive, I could buy a few of them for the price of one of these, well over 1000 dollars but then reading the reviews everyone seemed very happy. Seems like a very good tool then, but way out of my price range. Anyway, if I’m correct on how this works, you did a great job on the wood, especially getting the inlays fitted. It looks beautiful.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 1768 days ago

Exquisite plane that I can only dream about, but I’m happy for you knowing what a fantastic feeling it must be to own and use such a tool. You did a beautiful job with it. Hope you have someone who will appreciate inheriting it some day.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Marco Cecala

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#6 posted 1768 days ago

Thanks for the input group.

Beth; Ron Brese supplies the metal parts, and the customer installs the wood infill of their choice.

Dale; Some infills get pretty pricey, Ron’s are affordable

I have no kids Mike, maybe you can take me on a hike like the pictures you posted and I’ll leave it to you in my will.

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#7 posted 1768 days ago

WOW! A tool that is a piece of art! A fantastic piece of workmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 1768 days ago

I gotta get me one of those planes! Very nice craftsmanship!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#9 posted 1767 days ago

Wow! That is a tool that’s almost too beautiful to use!

I checked out the Breseplane website, and although I would love one, I think my wife would kill me if I bought a plane kit that cost more than any two of my power tools. :-)

Shop Notes had a plan similar to their 875 series in issue 79. Not as refined but still nice.

Great Job!!!

-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

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#10 posted 1767 days ago

Well Marco, just put me in your will and I will try to live to 150 so I can eventually get it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 1764 days ago

Incredible plane—I’m jealous

Congratulations—I know you will enjoy it for a long, long time. You did a beautiful job on it.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 1175 days ago

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet plane

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 1166 days ago

A beautiful and practical heirloom.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Rob Drown

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#14 posted 1166 days ago

WWWOOOOWWWWEEEEee That is increasable. How long did it take you? Where did you find the ebony?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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