Handmade Handplanes

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Project by MisterPants posted 05-23-2010 07:10 PM 1639 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two handplanes in the Krenov style. Both are smoothing planes. The one on the left in the first image is made of jatoba, the one on the right is bubinga.

While I love my WWII vintage Stanleys and my Lee Valley low angled block plane, a few years ago when I started woodworking a friend of mine gave me an old Mathieson and Son wooden jack he’d got at an auction. Tuned up it cuts fairly well and I liked the feel of wood on wood, such that I decided to make a Krenov style plane for myself. After making the first one in bubinga, I decided to make a second one as a christmas gift for the same friend as both a thanks for getting me started and an I blame you for the mess I’m in with this addiction. I had a couple of board feet of jatoba I’d picked up in a shorts pile a few years ago, that I hadn’t found a good use for yet and this seemed like a good excuse to use it, so the second gift one was born.

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 07:13 PM

They look super well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 07:28 PM

Nice looking planes

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 08:13 PM

They look great, nice work.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 09:20 PM

LOVE IT! LOVE IT! I really really enjoy shopmade tools. Not only to look at or make, but also to use. Especially planes. I have made a few myself. Rykenology is a favorite pastime of mine. Rykenology is the study of handplanes. I am a avid collector. Well done.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 09:22 PM

I have to do a plane soon, even I must admit I have too many to need it.
But there must be a call, a call from the caveman inside when you do that – or?
I bend in the dust, really nice.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 11:33 PM

I to love to make & use wooden planes. I follow Krenov & Finck work. They are great to use,& very forgiving, feel good in your hands. Keep up your excellent work. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ED


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#7 posted 05-24-2010 05:06 AM

Nice looking planes. With the tool kick that I have been on lakely, it is just a matter of time till I attempt to make some of these. I am curious, is that a strike button on the tail end? If so, what did you use for the strike button?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 05-24-2010 03:41 PM

Great job. I’m there with you on the tactile feel of wooden planes and the Krenov style just fits the hand so naturally.

Did you laminate a sole of some kind to the planes? Lingum or other very hard wood?

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 05:30 PM

Love it. These are fun to make and satisfying to use.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 05-24-2010 08:56 PM

@Docholladay, yup its a strike button. Its actually a bronze hex head bolt of some kind I found at the local home center. Not really sure what the bolt was actually for, but it makes a good button.

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#11 posted 08-19-2010 02:18 PM

These are beautiful panes and look to be excellent users. I love them.

-- 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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