Bevel Up Plane

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Project by GeminiGuy posted 03-09-2011 06:57 AM 3518 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had made the rear handle for a prior project only to get the geometry all wrong, so just had a handle laying about doing nothing, so decided to make a bevel up smoothing plane. Also wanted to see what all the ‘fuss’ is about with these bevel up planes.
Overall dimensions are 48mm X 230mm, made from brass with a blackwood rear handle and a front knob made from Jarrah, finished in Danish oil with a wax finish and burnished with steel wool.
Amazingly, it required no tuning up, was able to take fine shavings on the first go!

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

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 07:15 AM

nice plane .How much did all that brass cost you?great job

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 07:21 AM

I’m intrigued about the design. Nice work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 07:40 AM

I would like more information on your plane to. Nice job.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 09:11 AM

Outta sight, man!

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

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Jiri Parkman

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 09:30 AM

It’s beautiful plane. I believe you’ll enjoy it very much.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 09:44 AM

Wonderful job on that plane, it will be a favorite of yours.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 11:28 AM

Looks real nice, well done.

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

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 02:40 PM

Very nice! can you talk more about your the construction of the plane. i am getting into plane making and would love any info i can gather. thanks

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 02:59 PM

Way beyond my abilities but really fun to admire. Looks really substantial!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 04:32 PM

Wicked cool! Gotta love it.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 04:39 PM

The heft of that brass must make that plane simply sing through the wood … beautiful self made tool.

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#12 posted 03-09-2011 08:57 PM

Looks great Greg. Wish I had one like it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-09-2011 09:10 PM

This is just a very nice looking plane. It beats waiting for a Stanley #62 to come around at an affordable price. And better looking!

Thanks for this post, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#14 posted 03-09-2011 09:15 PM

Good job, this will be a nice asset to your tool cabinet.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#15 posted 03-10-2011 01:32 AM

Thanks for the kind words folks, very nice of you.
Further details for some of the questions.
As for the cost of the brass on this project, no more than $15 AUD.
The side plates and the base are from free machining brass, a rebate joint with allen bolts holding it in place, a locking compound has been applied to the bolts on the side plates. Just used a hacksaw and various files to shape the brass to the desired shape, just required alot of work though. It is of modular construction and all locked in place with various size allen bolts. The cap iron thumbscrew is from a telescope supplier, as the bolt is made from brass and therefore wont damage the blade. The blade itself is a Lie Nielsen blade, as used on their block planes.

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

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