Spokeshave and Wooden Plane

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Project by John Fleming posted 05-25-2010 07:28 AM 4875 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is also a class project from my Woodworking Classes at Palomar College. I took the hand plane class and we referbished a used plane (show that next time) and built a wooden plane and a spokeshave. The best part of the class is learning all about planes and how to use them.

I can hardly believe that they started out as just large pieces of wood. I am very lucky to have such a good school so close to where I live.

Woodworker in Training

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 07:39 AM

Simply breath taking. Especially the spokeshave. Its one of my favorite tools and I dont recall seeing anyone make there own!
Outstanding and inspiring work.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 07:40 AM

Looks very good John

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 09:57 AM

Just plane wonderful! (sorry Ha) They are beautiful and the wood combining with mechanical elements is the best of both worlds. The shape of the plane is like a vintage race car but I’m sure feels good to the hands.

-- $tudie

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 10:16 AM

making tools by yourself gives a very speciel feeling when you use them
thank´s for sharing


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#5 posted 05-25-2010 10:50 AM

Wow, those are great! Very well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 01:59 PM

Super Cool.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 02:14 PM

Beautiful job! Nothing is more enjoyable that working wood with hand tools and the tools you make yourself are the pinnacle.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 04:46 PM

Wow you did great work, they are beautiful. One day i plan to make some.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 05-25-2010 06:32 PM

I’ve made my own planes & shaves, but they aren’t this pretty. nice tools

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 06:43 PM

Good job now you need to make a case to display them. I would like to learn how to make the spoke shave. I made a draw-shave when I was a kid. I copied one my dad had hanging on the wall.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#11 posted 05-25-2010 11:08 PM

Man, that is exquisite!!! I am a sucker for handmade tools and these are amongst the best I’ve seen. Well done John. I do hope that you will use them and not only stick ‘em in a display case. They get even better with use – that is when they become alive and get personality!

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

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#12 posted 05-25-2010 11:11 PM

I like that spokeshave. nice work on the shaping

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 05-25-2010 11:19 PM

These look great, a work of art

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#14 posted 05-26-2010 12:05 AM

Beautiful tools. Did you make the blade for the spoke shave?

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#15 posted 05-26-2010 01:15 AM

Beautiful tools, may they give you hours of joy.
Very impressed.

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

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