Small Smoothing Plane Sapele and Purpleheart

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Project by MrBG posted 03-10-2016 07:54 AM 1709 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the opportunity to make a plane iron and brand/punch both of which with my initials on them(I work in a machine shop). So naturally I had to put them to use and a plane was born. The blade is made from 1/4’’ thick by 1-1/2’’ wide 01 tool steel. The body of the plane is 7’’ long and finished with pure tung oil.The tung oil did darken the end grain a little bit more than I would have liked but oh well. Sole and crosspin are made from Purpleheart. Body and wedge made from a Sapele scrap that I found in a dumpster next to a door/window manufacturer. The iron is bedded at 55 degrees.

The plane is a basic laminated Krenov style with crosspin but with a small change. Instead of cutting away both sides of the blank to laminate again later, I cut away only one side of the blank and routed out the bed from the side. This leaves one side of the plane to be solid-continuous wood.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-10-2016 09:40 AM

Very nice looking plane. Good chunk of steel for the blade is always a plus, I think.

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 12:18 PM

Very nice looking plane.

-- Dan, TN

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#3 posted 03-10-2016 01:28 PM

Excellent work

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#4 posted 03-10-2016 11:11 PM

Hand made tools are the best and you sure put your mark on it. Very well Done.!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#5 posted 03-10-2016 11:53 PM

That looks very well made. Such a thick blade will be nice, and I love the punch brand. Did you heat the blade then punch in your brand while red hot?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 03-11-2016 12:31 AM

Nice looking plane, doesn’t look like 55 degrees. Different way of making it but what ever works!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 03-11-2016 04:23 AM

That looks very well made. Such a thick blade will be nice, and I love the punch brand. Did you heat the blade then punch in your brand while red hot?

- bobasaurus

Thanks! There was no heat needed for stamping the end grain. I do heat it up if i’m putting it in a spot that runs with the grain. Stamping it in a spot without heat that runs with the grain doesn’t leave the lettering as clean/defined

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#8 posted 03-11-2016 03:46 PM

Thats beautiful, great job and thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 03-12-2016 03:43 PM

Very nice. I love the stamp.

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