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Project by Thos. Angle posted 2476 days ago 2590 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sunday I was tired of working so in the evening I went to the shop. Is there something wrong with that statement?? I’ve been intending to build a smooth plane. So I started on Sunday evening. I kinda knew I was going to do this because the last time I was at Woodcraft, I bought a Lie-Nielsen plane iron. One of those real thick,short ones that go in the low angle plane. I wanted to try a smooth plane with out a metal chip breaker. I still had some Jarrah and Oak and some Maple. I also had some recently acquired brass rod. I sized the oak for the middle and cut the bed and throat. I set the bed at 50 degrees. I cut the handle blank and ripped the Oak bed in two. I then shaped the tote. Hard not to say handle on this one. I glued the oak on each side of the tote and got it all squared up. I wanted to try a bigger throat to see if the shavings would clear better. Well, anyway, I got it all set up and glued the sides on and went to bed. Monday I had to get some work done but I messed with the sole and found a piece of Mahogany for the wedge. Tuesday I got up at 4:30 and went to the shop to finish the plane. I drilled the three holes for the cross pins. I swelled them with a center punch and then sanded them flush. I fitted the wedge and prceeded to try it out. I was a little concerned that I had the iron set too far back. After some adjustment I realized it was working just fine. The biggest problem is hitting the back of the plane to adjust the iron. You have to hit next to the tote. After I got it adjusted I grabbed it’s big brother and cleaned down the piece of Alder under the plane. When it was flat I tryed out the smooth plane to see if it would do what it was designed to do. It did. Plumb flat and smooth as a baby’s butt. The nose is round and after using it, I decided not to put a strike button on the front. I finished it with 2 coats of shellac and about 6 coats of laquar. The sole is just waxed and polished. The sole is 11 1/2 inches long to the back of the handle. It is 2 1/2 inches wide with a 2 inch iron.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2476 days ago

Wow Tom. What a pretty plane. Your going to have to retire all of your Stanley’s before long.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Branden

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#2 posted 2476 days ago

I really like this and I appreciate the details you offer. I just might give it a shot because, at the very least, if it doesn’t work, it will look great on a shelf.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California - www.ShopDogUSA.com

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 2476 days ago

That’s a fine looking plane!

Did you steal that handle off a hand saw? :-)

When I get around to making one of these, and get myself all crossed up, I’m going to remember how easy ol’ Thos. Angle made it sound.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 2476 days ago

I patterned the handle from a saw that I like then modified it to fit. It is easy, Charlie.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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mot

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#5 posted 2476 days ago

I don’t know how you think you can do any sort of precision work with such a pedestrian tool. I’ll send you my address and you can send it to my shop. I’ll be cleaning up some garbage and will throw it out with the rest of my junk. No really, I won’t keep it…uhhhh….. (What a great plane, Tom!)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob #2

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#6 posted 2476 days ago

Great tool Thom and very pretty too!
I need just that type of a tool right now for my shooter.

Which plane iron did you use?

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 2476 days ago

Beautiful work Tom … you are a master craftsman

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Chris

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#8 posted 2476 days ago

Tom… It’s looks great! I bet it’s pretty easy to use with that handle design.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Max

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#9 posted 2476 days ago

Tom… That is one nice looking plane. I really like the handle, it does look like it would be very comfortable to use. Great workmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#10 posted 2476 days ago

Nice hand plane. Looks great. I bet it works great to. Good job. On to the next.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 2476 days ago

Bob,
the iron is a Lie-Nielsen for their low angle plane. It’s short and thick so it doen’t need a chip breaker except the wedge. It’s 2”

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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WayneC

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#12 posted 2476 days ago

I’ve got one handy. I’ll pop up a photo in a few minutes…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#13 posted 2476 days ago

Oops. I have a Hock plane blade for Krenov style planes…..

Hock Plane Iron

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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cajunpen

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#14 posted 2476 days ago

Impressive Tom – I really like the selection of materials.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 2476 days ago

Phillsville West. Tom you’re a plane-making machine. A regular John Henry.
And as for the “Sunday I was tired of working so in the evening I went to the shop” comment, I totally get it. After a day of tacking wheels on miscarriages for the corporate idiot machine, it does a soul good to work a job for yourself from start to finish. At the end you can tuck your thumbs in your bibs, puff our your chest and say “I have made this. Lo, it is good.”

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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