Brass Bench Plane

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Project by GeminiGuy posted 12-18-2010 08:27 AM 4240 views 13 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this brass hand plane with overall dimensions being 180mm x 55 mm, weight 2.5 kilograms, with rebate joints and fasteners holding it all together. Brass was cut by hand while rebate joints were cut with a power trimmer with an assortment of files and rasps shaping it to the desired design. Rear handle is Blackwood, front knob is Maple and front wooden plate & frog assembly being Ash. The blade itself is a Lie-Nielsen, based on their No 2 Bench Plane.
Will be making one more, a bevel up smoother, using brass again with a similar design…if anyone is interested & would like to make one, I will contemplate running a blog. The only power tools required are a router/trimmer and a small bench drill. Out of all the tools I’ve made so far, this was the one which was most fun to make.

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 08:38 AM

That’s a absolute beautiful plane. Making one of these is probably out of my skill range. I can only imagine how well it works!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 08:40 AM


I am amazed! How long did it take?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 09:05 AM

Thanks for your comments guys…

Randy – not at all difficult to make, if you have access to a bench drill and a power trimmer, that’s basically it. That’s all I used…and alot of cutting with a hacksaw and shaping with files.

Steve – It was over a period of 2 months or so…timewise aprrox 50 hours.

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 10:50 AM

wow freaking awesome

-- Ben L

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 11:10 AM

Hi Greg.

That isn’t a plane, it’s a thing of beauty!

Add my name to the list of those who would love to see a blog on the build process!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 12-18-2010 12:26 PM

Seconds on Big Tiny’s comment. Scratch built and a work of art !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 12-18-2010 01:29 PM

This is a beauty that surely perform well. I like the overall look.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 12-18-2010 02:13 PM

That is an AWESOME plane> I’m about to make one from the plans Wood published. I’d appreciate any insite you could pass on! I am making a series of Heritage tools to pass on to my grandchildren. This wood be a great addition!
Where do you get your Brass – for the plane I mean! And what was the approximate cost?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#9 posted 12-18-2010 02:16 PM

That is going to be a pleasure to use.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 12-18-2010 02:37 PM

Great work, pics of the shavings would be nice touch. Looks very solid !

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-18-2010 02:41 PM

You MADE that brass plane?! Wow….really impressive work. Wish I had those capabilities!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#12 posted 12-18-2010 03:17 PM

Very nicely done, sir.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 12-18-2010 03:24 PM

Wonderful work. I to would like to read a blog.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#14 posted 12-18-2010 04:30 PM

You do know its Christmas time right? That would look even BETTER under MY tree !!!! AWESOME job!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#15 posted 12-18-2010 04:49 PM

I second the ‘awesome work’, congratulations!
(And I had to look up ‘rebate joint’, so this was educational as well.)

-- Smitty

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