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Project by topspin posted 1360 days ago 1770 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first wooden handplane. It took me a weekend to make… mostly because I re-read David Fink’s book 2 or 3 times during the build process, but didn’t follow his process exactly.

It’s made out of somekind of oak that I had lying around, with a cherry (sapwood) cross pin, and a walnut wedge. I have purchased steel to start making my own plane irons, but for this first one I used a Hock iron/breaker set.

It’s set up at 50 degrees. Works really well… will cut with and against the grain with almost no tear out.

Thanks to all the Jocks for inspiration and to Phil for his advice.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#1 posted 1360 days ago

Looks good! I love making planes.

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

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#2 posted 1360 days ago

Well done.

Making the irons can be fun too but I’ve decided to try and buy them first unless it is a special size or shape I can’t otherwise find. Give it a shot, you may find you enjoy the metal working.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#3 posted 1360 days ago

great looking little plane there even the curls look like they were carved to fit in the first

thankĀ“s for sharing

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#4 posted 1360 days ago

What type of steel did you use for the plane iron? Where did you get it?

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#5 posted 1360 days ago

The iron is from Hock Tools and is 3/16” O1 steel. There are a couple of good sources for the steel if you want to make your own –, mcmaster-carr, or msc industrial supply. The cost is about the same at all of them.

I have 2 or 3 more planes to make – all will have O1 blades.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#6 posted 1360 days ago

Very nice! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 1359 days ago

The old Krenov would be proud of you, and so are we all here.

Nice to here how well the plane is working.

Be well, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 1042 days ago

Thanks for the post. I have been looking to make my own blades too so thanks for the links.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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