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Maple and Lignum Vitae jointer plane with removable fence

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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 1394 days ago 3332 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design was featured in the June issue of the British magazine, Furniture and Cabinet Maker. I thought the idea of a removable fence was a good enough reason to build one. The thick blade is from Wood Joy, the hard maple from a reject baseball bat blank and the lignum V. from Lee Valley Tools sales table.
The lignum V. is dovetailed into the maple body and makes for a super slick and durable base. The front piece slides so that you can close down the mouth. I have another hand made plane that allows me to adjust the sliding fit of a 7 degree dovetail. A thin piece on lignum was glued to the face of the fence with Type Bond III glue (adhesion seems fine). The brass striking button on the rear works really well, easing off the depth of cut when struck with a hammer. No need to ding the plane. Both knobs have 1/4-20 threaded rods. The one in the fence has a retaining clip (hopefully I won’t lose it). The top knob can also be mounted on the side, allowing you to use the plane on a shooting board. The plane is 17.5” long and weighs close to 5 pounds so it has great momentum and a low center of gravity. The fence gives you dead square shoulders. Works nicely in a vice upside down too.

-- Chirs in Ottawa





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swirt

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#1 posted 1394 days ago

Wow. Very nice work. Great features on that plane.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 1394 days ago

Neat design. I’ve used Woodjoy spokeshaves, but never noticed that they made plane irons. I’ll have to check ‘em out.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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twokidsnosleep

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#3 posted 1393 days ago

That sucker just screams fine craftsmanship
You made a gorgeous plane!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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rkoorman

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#4 posted 1393 days ago

wow that’s a great plane. i’ll be trying sometime like that to.
rick

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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Flemming

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#5 posted 1393 days ago

what a wonderful plane
no doubt you’ll get a lot of joy out of it :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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spaids

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#6 posted 1393 days ago

After shooting some end grain yesterday I have been thinking all morning about making a plane with a handle on the side for the sole purpose of using it with a shooting board. I saw your plane and see you have already done that. Awesome

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Div

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#7 posted 1393 days ago

Sweeeeeett! She’s a beaut Chris! You guys are lucky in being able to buy nice blades so easily. Down here we have to make do with what we can find in the junk shops!

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

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jcees

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#8 posted 1393 days ago

Nice execution. Bravo.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Roz

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#9 posted 1389 days ago

To pretty to use, Very nice.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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mafe

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#10 posted 1387 days ago

Wauu what a plane, it’s a beauty.
You are really a master of planes.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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