8" Oak Smoothing Plane

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 04-09-2011 04:40 PM 3603 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello. This is my second wood handplane I’ve made. Its an 8” smoothing plane with a white oak body and walnut wedge. I have a 2” wide blade from LeeValley. I had milled the wood for the body on a Friday evening, and on Saturday did the cutting on the centre block, made the crosspin and assembled and glued it together, which took only a few hours. And on Sunday took a few hours to shape, flatten the sole, and make the wedge and I had a working handplane. So it doesn’t take very long to make one of these planes and its satisfying using a plane you made to work on other projects. I have another 2” blade and a 1 3/4” blade and a 1 1/2” blade for a scrub plane which I already made. The great thing with making your own planes is you can buy only a few blades with different sizes and make as many bodies as you want for different purposes and swap the blades out. I plan on making another smoother with a higher bed angle, a foreplane, jointer, and another scrub plane without the handle I have on the one I already made. I will probably do a step-by-step project build on one of the next planes I make.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 04:48 PM

This little guy came out very nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 06:04 PM

Great build. May your shavings be long and true.

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

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 07:49 PM

If it works as good as it looks you are on to a winner, cracking build impressive.

-- measure twice cut once!!!!!!! whoops

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 08:46 PM

My, she’s a pretty little thing.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 10:54 PM

Thanks for the thought of trading out blades. Makes perfect sense, just something I hadn’t considered before.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 11:07 PM

That’s nice!!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 11:44 PM

Sweet thing, my the shaves be with you.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 04:29 AM

I really like the shape of this one, looks like it’ll fit my hand perfectly. Shall I PM you mt address?

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 08:52 PM

Very cool plane. I made plane with the same basic body design, mine was made of red oak and cherry. Did make the blade? The blade in my plane was a one inch butt chisel, and it works fine.

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 03:04 AM

That is a fine looking tool. How does it handle in tricky grain?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 04-22-2011 03:47 AM

It works well on lightly figured wood but I tried it on a highly figured piece of quilted maple but it tore the grain. I made another plane the same with a 62 degree bed angle and it got better results on the maple but still some tear out.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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