Hand plane DIY convex (Krenov style) post

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Hand plane DIY convex.
Or Mike meets Mads style…

This post comes from the Hand plane DIY convex blog.

Our dear Mike (Stefang), started a ‘master class here on LJ, a blog on how to make a traditional Nordic bucket, and part of this class was ‘making a convex hand plane’, so this was why I did it. Thank you Mike!
Also it was a dream for me, a dream to make my own hand plane, not that I needed one, but to prove to myself I could, and in the future be able to make special purpose planes when needed.

1. The plane.
2. Palm size.
3. First shavings, before, shaping the plane body .
4. The parts.
5. Half way.
6. The sole.

Press here for first part.

Hope this can be to some inspiration, first to take a look at the blog, and then perhaps to make some handplanes.
It was much easier than it seem, just takes some time.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 11:10 PM

Nice plane.I got three Krenov books for Christmas although 1 is still somewhere in between the U.K. and here.

-- Jeff,

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 11:30 PM

Great job on the plane Mad. Thank you for the blog, no excuses for a missing plane now!

WW wise seems that You only can´t do those things you don´t wanna do. ;)

Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 12:10 AM

Nice job Mads. Making our own tools is the way to go and it is endless. Thanks for sharing your nice work again.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 12:15 AM

great little add to the tool collections Mads :-)
will the name of the plane bee band aid

thank´s for sharing Mads and taking the time to do it
it has been a great pleassure to follow
one of your toturials picturebooks once again :-)

take care

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 01:26 AM

Beaut ! If we all follow your lead, none of the tool makers will be in business !


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 02:23 AM

Nice plane Mads where did you buy the blade? was it from another plane or new? When you see tools like this being made there is no excuse for saying “I don’t have the tool for the job” Well done

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 03:24 AM

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship

-- Ray,Iowa

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Glen Peterson

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 05:01 AM

I check out the recent projects a couple of times each week. I look at a few that intrigue me, but rarely comment. I find myself clicking on your projects regularly. I really like your shop made items. Like you I’ve been thinking about making a plane for a while. You’ve inspired me to give it a try.

-- Glen

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 06:48 AM

Thanks! Mads for posting DIY your Inspiring It’s people like you that makes LJ enjoyable to hang out and learn.

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 08:08 AM

So nice mafe, it looks like it screams to be used hehee
Wait… what is that shiny thing I see in this drawer?... spare iron…must resist!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 08:34 AM

great looking plane, wooden planes can be fun, being able to make and tune them opens up a whole new avenue to your woodwork.
for the future, use riftsawn grain for the body, facegrain like you have used will be a little more suceptable to wood movement. meaning you will need to true the sole more often. more of a concern if you are in a unheated shop , or have wide seasonal humidity changes.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 05:53 PM

Hi guys,
Junior, Thank you for the advice, I epreciate it. I had to use the wood I have, it was a gift from a friend, and my budget tight. I also did one more mistake, I have turened the grain in the wrong direction… So it will give some more friction… Hmmm, but this is how I learn the best, trial and error… It runs fine, and with some grease from my grease box it runs like a dream.
Freddy, I think you have to go – to the work shop.
B13, words like this is like cream, and I do like some cream once in a while.
Glen, I’m always happy to get some words, good, bad, funny, sad or good advice. It’s one of the reasons I keep writing, it gives me a lot, and makes me smile more often, so thank you, don’t stop.
In fact every one, please write your thoughts, I allways get happy when some words fall.
Ray, now I smile some more.
Trevor the reason I used a block plane iron was that I have a handfull, the blade I used here, was jeven a old recycled one, from a Stanley plane I bought some time ago. I discover by the way we have the same bandsaw…
Glen, no but the prices of used things will go up… After all I am Mr. Vintage…
Dennis, If the plane have a name it will be Mike. I hope you will follow and build a plane, it’s a wonderful challange, but start with a flat sole, the covex is a troublemaker, especially the honing.
Serge, yes I love also to make the tools, for me it’s a matter of understanding, of touching the roods, and to see that there are many ways, and the work of the hand is giving.
Fernando, I smile big time. A challage can be healing when we are there in the moment. It can release tension, it can even make one forget pains, I always say the moments in the work shop are meditative. (Just wish I could more).
Jeff, you can look forward to books with him, the plane book i had the chance to look inside, and it’s brilliant.
Best thoughts to all of you, and thank you for all the wonderful comments.

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

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 02:59 PM

Well done Mads and congratulations on your personal accomplishment. I really enjoyed following this particular blog series and can honestly say I learned a few cool things along the way.

Thanks for sharing Mads!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 01-31-2011 05:51 PM

Hi dan, thank you, I have recieved your mail, so it should be working now.
I also learned a lot on this tour, one important lesson was to overcome my fears, and see that we can do most of what we belive in… (When health and time will).
Best thoughts,

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

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