|Project by Anapolis7||posted 05-31-2010 09:50 PM||6001 views||18 times favorited||20 comments|
I finished 3 of the 4 bubinga, krenov-style hand planes I have going in my workshop. My local woodcraft offers a class on how to make these planes which i took back in february. I decided that rather than spend the money on a fancier plane, I would rather keep myself busy for a few months. I attended the class, taught by Howard Hale, at Woodcraft and made the #4 smoothing plane pictured in the front. I’ve spent the last two months making the #5 jack pictured in the middle and the jointer in the very rear. All of the plane bodies are made out of 8/4 bubinga book-matched. They use Hock blades—wow, that’s hard steel.
By far, the most challenging part for me was shaping the cross-pin. I dimensioned 1/2”x1/2” strips of bubinga and cut them to length. Then I used a plug cutter to dowel the ends and created a round over on the side that faces away from the blade.
I am still getting the hang of adjusting the depth of cut by tapping, but it’s coming along. If you are interested in making your own and are in the Dallas area, I recommend the Woodcraft class. If you are more adventurous and independent FWW #196 has an article entitled “Wood Planes Made Easy” which offers virtually identical plans to what I used to build these.
Now I just need to finish instructing my father on how to build these so I can get my matching block plane! Overall, it’s a fun project that gives me an appreciation for the precision and craftsmanship of our ancestors as well as a hearty understanding of how lucky we are to how 42” jointers and 13” planers and the like.