Lets make a hand plane Part 1

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Project by Davesfunwoodworking posted 10-23-2007 05:49 AM 3905 views 28 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off let me say that this plane is hand crafted by me. However the look is from Thos.Angle. I really liked the way his plane looked so I headed to the (thats right) the shop. I wanted to make it a project for us beginners. So I hope that Thos. Angle is not upset. So for any one that would like a plane lets get started.
First lets get some wood. I used Oak and Jatoba. Then we cut it to size (I over size on the first cut) but finished is as follows:
Oak 2 1/8 in. wide by 17 in. long the jatoba is 1/4 in. wide x 17 in. long. The handle is from a peace that is 3/4 in. X 5 in. x 6 in. or so. The blade and chip break is from an old stanley 14 in plane I had. Its 2 in. wide.
Step 1. We cut the long peace of oak at 45 and the shaving side at 60. Next take the 45* bed and use a 1/2 straight bit in the router this will be for the chip breaks bolt. Then we take all the peaces and glue them up. Make sure the mouth is about 1/8 open when glued up.
Step 2. Make the handle. I copied a stanley. (You can make one that you like.) I used my band saw to cut it out then I used a round over bit in the router to shape it up. A little work with a file and sand it up..
Step 3. After the glue has dried up I cut the planes front and back to Finish size. Then cut the back of the plane I like the 1/4 rounded look. Again here you can make it any way you like.
Step 4. I wanted to try my new chisels out so I cut a mortis out in the back of the plane for the handle. After this is done and you have a nice tight fit glue it up.
More to come on the next projects page. But for now that will get you on the way.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#1 posted 10-23-2007 05:52 AM

Very nice Dave. I will be following suit before long.

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

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#2 posted 10-23-2007 08:16 AM

Very well done Dave! I like it a lot.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 10-23-2007 01:05 PM

Well, they say it’s the sincerest form of flattery. LOL good luck. I’m watching. Looks good so far.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-23-2007 03:42 PM

Thanks a lot for the “how-to” instructions. I know I’m going to make one soon!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 02-16-2008 12:15 PM

I’ve been wanting to make a plane for a long time. I always felt a little intimidated about the process. Now that you have posted how to go about it properly I think I will give it a try. Nice work BTW!

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 02-16-2008 12:28 PM

I’m with Chuck. Always wanted to do one, intimidated by the process. You just may be the beacon in the wilderness.

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