Maple and Lignum Vitae jointer plane with removable fence

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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 10-04-2010 02:48 AM 4597 views 17 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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#1 posted 10-04-2010 02:59 AM

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

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 03:06 AM

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

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 05:21 AM

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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#4 posted 10-04-2010 07:28 AM

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


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#5 posted 10-04-2010 09:37 AM

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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#6 posted 10-04-2010 07:38 PM

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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#7 posted 10-04-2010 08:52 PM

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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#8 posted 10-05-2010 12:55 AM

Nice execution. Bravo.


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#9 posted 10-08-2010 04:38 AM

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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#10 posted 10-10-2010 07:41 PM

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

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

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