Krenov Style Smoother

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Project by topspin posted 11-30-2010 07:16 PM 2321 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 11-30-2010 09:13 PM

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 11-30-2010 11:15 PM

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 12-01-2010 12:51 AM

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 12-01-2010 01:00 AM

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

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 03:11 AM

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 12-01-2010 03:34 AM

Very nice! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 03:29 AM

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 10-15-2011 12:49 AM

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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