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Krenov-style plane in padauk

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Project by harum posted 09-01-2016 03:51 AM 805 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a Krenov-style plane, “the cabinetmaker’s violin”. The body of this smoother is made of african padauk; satine wood is selected for the sole because of its hardness. The wedge and the cross-pin are walnut; the extra wedge is mahogany. A 8/4 stock of padauk was face-laminated to make a 4” wide block. I used David Finck’s article in FWW (Feb 2008, No.196) as a reference and for useful tips. I also made a plane adjusting hammer with a block of cocobolo and a 5/8” round brass bar.

Without access to a band saw, I made all the cuts on a table saw followed, if necessary, by a clean-up with a jointer plane. I found that with a properly adjusted table saw and a good blade one can cut perfectly square and flat plane cheeks, front and rear blocks that don’t need any touch-up with a plane.

I also did rough shaping of the plane and the hammer on the table saw: the key is to keep the edges uncut until everything in between is cleaned out so that the piece can be held square in the cross-cut sled. Worked out fine!

Dimensions are: 10-1/4”L x 2”H (in the middle) x 2-3/4”W. The Hock blade is 2” x 3-1/2”. The hammer is 9” long. The finish is couple of coats of blond shellac on the body of the plane.

After quick honing of the blade and tweaking the blade adjustment the plane gave paper-thin shavings. Looks like it’s a keeper.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 09-01-2016 08:09 AM

Beautiful job! Has the pad auk darkened since you finished it or does the shellac coating stop that process?
Jim

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

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majuvla

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#2 posted 09-01-2016 10:05 AM

Never seen it made of padouk. Looks realy beautiful.Ultimate price is to use it for yourself.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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harum

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#3 posted 09-01-2016 01:11 PM



Beautiful job! Has the pad auk darkened since you finished it or does the shellac coating stop that process?
Jim

- Jim Rowe

Thanks Jim! Freshly sanded padauk looked rusty orange with streaks of black, shellac gives it wet look darkening it somewhat but it makes the grain pop. I hope that sealing the grain, especially the end grain, will help with seasonal movement. Judging by the photo stands I made from padauk, it doesn’t change color much once finished; I guess the shellac serves a good enough barrier to moisture and air.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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harum

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#4 posted 09-01-2016 01:20 PM


Never seen it made of padouk.

- majuvla

Thanks Ivan! The Wood Database says that african padauk is twice as hard as black walnut and 50% harder than white oak, the density being about the same. Padauk glued and shaped well. Unlike the satine wood sole, which is extremely hard but had to be cut with care to avoid splintering.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 09-01-2016 06:17 PM

That shop built tool is absolutely beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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CrazyRussianWoodShop

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#6 posted 09-01-2016 08:48 PM

Very nice! Beautiful tools made from beautiful wood! :))

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYNOkVS7B5_6A3GgNq7TtrQ

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harum

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#7 posted 09-01-2016 09:19 PM

Thanks Charles and Michael! Interestingly, the plane design and the blade come from the same small town.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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SteveGaskins

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#8 posted 09-03-2016 12:15 AM

Absolutely beautiful. I have always loved this style plane.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 03:20 AM

Nice job!

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SPHinTampa

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#10 posted 09-07-2016 02:19 PM

Nice work. My experience with Padauk is that it darkens from light orange to dark red and finally to a mid toned brown over a few years. Storage outside of direct sunlight will slow but not stop the process.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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