|Project by Kennethjg||posted 02-08-2017 12:34 AM||544 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
After losing several eBay auctions, at literally the last second, for wooden smoother planes, I decided to attempt to build my own. I used the instructions by Wally331 here: http://lumberjocks.com/Wally331/blog/41367
It was a really fun project, and I’m pretty satisfied with the way it turned out.
I used some quartersawn cherry that I found in the cabinet shop I work at, and some leftover walnut from one of my other projects. The sole is padauk. I’m not sure if that’s a suitable wood for a sole, but it seems fairly hard, and I had a 1/4” x 4” piece of it that seemed perfect for the job.
anyway, I’m really happy with it, and I’ve gotten it to take some really fine shaving, plus it’s the only plane I have at a 50 degree pitch, so that’s kind of cool to see the difference in how it cuts.
If you want a wooden smoother, you should definitely make one. The glue-up method makes it much easier than trying to mortise it all out of a single block (I assume).
The only issue I had was cutting the mouth. The first time I did it, I blew out some grain on the bottom, so I had to cut it off and glue another piece on. The second time, I transferred my angles onto the outside of he plane and scribed lines on the bottom where the mouth would be, then chopped drilled through from the bottom and chiseled out the rest.
After that, it was just a matter of slowly paring and filing away until the blade just barely had clearance.
Anyway, try it out. Have fun, and make your own tool!
-- It ain't custom unless you fucked it up.