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Peek-a-boo smoother, the sequel

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Project by JayT posted 06-18-2017 05:30 PM 2792 views 13 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making a see through smoothing plane for a tool swap, I wanted to continue to develop the idea and design. This is the result.

Built in a more traditional coffin smoother shape, yet still utilizing the see through design with stainless steel rods for rigidity, this one is slightly smaller than the last, being about 8” long. The body is laminated hackberry with a steel sole, 1-3/4 wide Veritas PM-V11 iron bedded at 50 degrees and O1 steel screw cap. While working on further iterations of the original design (several of which are now in the trash) I felt like there had to be a better way to do some of the work, so invested in a small bench top milling machine and the first project off the mill was the screw cap for this plane. Plus, who doesn’t like getting a new tool now and then. :-)

I learned a lot making the first planes of this type and even more working on this one. There are still some construction challenges that need overcome in order to make the end products even better, but this one certainly performs. Looking forward to the continuing evolution of the design. One thing I am finding is that this design allows for a lot more opportunities to use wood species that are overlooked or not appropriate for use in other plane designs. That’s going to throw the door wide open to a variety of looks and designs in the future.

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoy.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.





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rodneywt1180b

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#1 posted 06-18-2017 05:41 PM

THAT is a really cool design.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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#2 posted 06-18-2017 05:47 PM

Nicely done Jay! I really like the design of the peek-a-boo planes.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#3 posted 06-18-2017 06:20 PM

Pretty cool, Jay.
How thick is that lever cap?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 06-18-2017 06:21 PM

Thanks, guys. The cap is 3/8, terry.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#5 posted 06-18-2017 06:37 PM

That’s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#6 posted 06-18-2017 06:39 PM

That’s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#7 posted 06-18-2017 08:51 PM



That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

- TheTurtleCarpenter

Ditto :)


That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

- TheTurtleCarpenter

Ditto :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 06-18-2017 08:59 PM

Jay, I really like the looks of your Peek a boo plane, but it looks to me that the blade is too long and extends way to high above the body. I would like to see a picture of it in use and the way you hold it.

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#9 posted 06-18-2017 10:00 PM

Excellent work JayT!

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#10 posted 06-18-2017 10:32 PM

I was the recipient of the first one Jay let out in the wild, and it is a very good plane. He says this one is an improvement, so it is probably awesome!

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#11 posted 06-18-2017 11:35 PM

Thanks, Turtle, Fridge and wahoo.

Mark, hope yours is performing like it ought. If not, I’ll be glad to take it back and give a full refund of the price you paid. ;-)

papadan, here’s how I have my right hand when using. It’s comfortable and works well, especially if the plane is skewed just a bit.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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ronstar

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#12 posted 06-19-2017 12:12 AM

Incredible!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#13 posted 06-19-2017 12:25 AM

That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

- TheTurtleCarpenter

Ditto :)

That s a solid looking and designed plane Jay. Well Done !

- TheTurtleCarpenter

Ditto :)

- TheFridge

What they all said, plus everyone else.
Awesome work, JayT. I’ve only made one lever cap and it turned out OK (brass), would be nice to have a little milling machine, yours came out great.

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woodcox

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#14 posted 06-19-2017 12:39 AM

Very cool concept and execution, Jay. Nice work there.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#15 posted 06-19-2017 12:49 AM

That sure is an eye opener.
Thinking out of the coffin.
Fine work.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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