Double-Convex Hand Plane

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Project by yuridichesky posted 02-14-2016 05:58 PM 1067 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I’m building a chair. There will be some curves involved in design, so the spokeshaves will do the legs, but for seat I’d need other cutting device. The travisher is hard to get where I live, and it’s pretty hard to make one. That’s why I decided to make double-convex plane. Moreover, I decided to re-purpose one of the old wooden hand planes that I buy time after time at the flea market.

So you’re gonna see some hand plane plastic surgery :-)

Here’s what I started with:

The plane was in quite decent condition, I even had an idea to turn it into small coffin smoother some day, but the day when I needed double-convex pane came first :)
The wood happens to be beech.
Templates rule, they really do:

Transferring template to the other side:

Shortening and planing the finish off:

Shaping first curve of the sole:

Ready to shape second curve:

Mini plane was very convenient for chamfering:

Re-shaping the wedge (made of birch my guess):

Every project requires some CA glue for minor fixes:

Ready for getting some finish:

Iron: ground and then honed:

Fitting the iron was second longest operation during this project, the first one was shaping heel and the toe with rasps, files and sandpaper.
Two coats of BLO as a finish:

Action shots (actually post-action shots):

Well, I’m totally happy with how this plane performs. It sits nicely in hands, it’s pretty natural to work on push and pull strokes, it cuts good alone grain, across grain and diagonal, it’s adjustable to aggressive and delicate cuts. And I just like it :-)
Thank you for looking!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 06:09 PM

I really love all the great projects that come from your shop. Just goes to show, that in the right hands you don’t need to have a ton of space and every tool known to man to do good work.

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 06:52 PM

Another good looking tool Yuri. The transformation is remarkable.

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

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 06:56 PM

Looks like a great tool, well done. Grinding the iron profile to match the sole must have been difficult.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 09:42 PM

Amazing transformation Yuri
I shows your wood working skills ,talent and vision to transform that old plane into this fine tool .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 12:40 AM

I like your ingenuity.


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#6 posted 02-15-2016 04:21 AM

It is plane to see you like to work with planes!

Really nice work for a too you really need!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 02-15-2016 05:13 AM

Very smart dicisions. What type of chair it will be?

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#8 posted 02-15-2016 06:36 AM

Very nicely done, Yuri!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 02-15-2016 09:00 AM

Lovely plane! Looking forward to see the chair you are building!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 02-15-2016 09:43 AM

Thank you, everybody!

Sergeich the chair is gonna be like this one:

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#11 posted 02-15-2016 01:56 PM

i’ve just got to echo above comments-lovely -ingenious-

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#12 posted 02-15-2016 03:01 PM

That’s a great use of an old plane. Your descriptions were so clear. Thanks

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#13 posted 02-15-2016 05:26 PM

Really nice work on that old plane. I looks like it really does the job, thanks for posting.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 02-16-2016 02:07 AM

Well Done!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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