Hand Planes

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Project by RusticJohn posted 01-28-2011 02:01 AM 9670 views 33 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoy making my own wood work tools. Particularly planes in the Krenov style although James would not be happy with all the curvy shapes I add. These photos are of a Smoother in African Rosewood, a High Angle Smoother in Wenge, a Coach Makers Plane in Matai (a New Zealand wood), a Shoulder Plane in Cherry, a Try Plane in distressed Matai and another Smoother in Black Walnut.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 02:04 AM

wow these are very nice planes, do you sell them? I also wanted to know where do you get the blades for these?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 02:06 AM

Hi, they are nothing less than wonderful, unique and like little farytales.
I just made my first hand plane Kernov style, and was quite proud, now I see it only a piece of wood… Laugh (Dont worry I’m still proud).
Fantastic work, it must be a pleasure to work with.
Smiles and the best of thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 02:09 AM

Hullo, Thanks for the comments. I do sell them but I live in New Zealand so there is some international transactions to go through. I either make the blades, sometimes buy new ones or acquire old ones from where ever I can. Cheers

-- RusticJohn

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 02:11 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is some very cool workmanship!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 02:14 AM

They are un be li ve ab le … I wish I will someday have the talent to do what you have done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 02:21 AM

Very cool, nicest hand plane I’ve ever seen.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 01-28-2011 02:29 AM

The planes are easy to make. The main thing is to have the sides absolutely at right angles to the sole. Many of the blades I get, both new and old, are not flat on the back surface so I need to work on them. If they don’t exactly fit the body of the plane then you get chatter. The only other tip is to keep plenty of clearance in the throat. This stops the shavings from jamming. Then you shape to comfortably fit you hands. Its mostly patience and perseverance for me as prefer to hand tools in the construction as much as possible. Everything is hand sawed and hand planed. The Wenge Smoother in the photos is the mother of all the planes I make as it is the one used for all the precision work.

-- RusticJohn

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#8 posted 01-28-2011 02:37 AM

These are very nice pieces of work. Thanks for letting us see them.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 01-28-2011 02:46 AM

Awsome!I love the scroll.

-- Jeff,

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#10 posted 01-28-2011 03:02 AM

Wow. Those are the coolest looking planes I’ve seen. The workmanship in them is fantastic. Beautiful.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 01-28-2011 03:07 AM

Wow, reminds me of some of the old carved planes pictured in Garret Hack’s “Handplane Book”

If they work half as well as they look, they must make some nice cuts. What did you use for the sole on the Cherry Shoulder Plane?


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#12 posted 01-28-2011 03:21 AM

Simply eye candy! I love these…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 01-28-2011 03:32 AM

Hullo, The sole of the Cherry Shoulder Plane is beef shin bone. Very hard wearing for cross grain work.

-- RusticJohn

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#14 posted 01-28-2011 04:06 AM

Those are very creative. If they work half as good as they look, you have a bunch of winners.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#15 posted 01-28-2011 04:25 AM

Super Sweetness!

-- Dennis Zongker

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