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Walnut Smoothing Plane (Krenov Style)

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Project by Mauricio posted 1148 days ago 2472 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my go at the Krenov style plane. This is now the best plane I own ( I dont own that many).

If your thinking of getting your first smothing plane I recommend making your own. My first smoother was a vintage Stanley and this blows that away. Its all about the Hock blade. You’ll only pay about $20 bucks more and you’ll end up up with a far superior tool in my humble opinion. Not to mention the satisfactoin of making it yourself and customizing the shape to fit your hand.

Wallnut is probably not the most durable wood for this application but I can always re-sole it later.

Hope you like it,

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 1148 days ago

Beautiful plane. You did an awesome job!
Someday I hope to build some.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1148 days ago

very nice plane …. nothing is like using homemade tools

Dennis

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Kenns

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#3 posted 1148 days ago

I’ve tried a lot of challenging projects, but building my own plane is not one of them. I have to try this. Did you have a plan, or design to follow?

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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NBeener

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#4 posted 1148 days ago

Uh.

Stunning.

If it truly DOES work as good as it looks (or better), then you’ve just become my hero :-)

-- -- Neil

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bigike

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#5 posted 1148 days ago

saweeeeeeeeeet lookin plane

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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tsangell

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#6 posted 1148 days ago

Lovely. You picked beautiful stock for a tool you can cherish.

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Konquest

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#7 posted 1148 days ago

I have thought about making a dedicated smoother for figured woods since I really don’t want to shell out $200-$300 for a bevel up smoother with the 50 degree blade for 62 degree pitch. What angle is that pitched at? Ditto the above comment on the wood: stunning.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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Jay20650

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#8 posted 1148 days ago

Great looking plane! I am glad to hear you are getting god results out of its use. Building one of these is on my to do list, there is a block of wood set aside and everything, but the task seems daunting so I keep putting it off. Congrats on a successful and attractive effort!

-- Jay, http://www.facebook.com/porcupinedesigns

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 1148 days ago

Thanks for all the comments. I’m glad yall enjoyed the pics.

Jay: This project is not hard at all. You just need to pay a lot of attention to detail in getting the blade bed flat which you can do with a block plane and sandpaper glued to your table saw. You also just need a drill press to make the holes for the cross pin.

Kenns: I got the plans from Finewoodworking and also there were some great plans on Popular Mechanics website.
http://www.finewoodworking.com/PlansAndProjects/PlansAndProjectsPDF.aspx?id=30018
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/woodworking/1273456

Konquest: The blade angle is standard which I think is 45 degrees. A high angle plane would be great to have, you could even use the same blade if you wanted to save money and just switch them back and forth. But that would be a hassle to reset the blade each time. What I love about the wooden plane is that once you have the blade set just right you dont have to mess with it for a while.

I’ve been kicking around idea of using the same process to make a scraper plane. I got that piece of wood for about $5 bucks at my local lumber yard. I think I even have a piece left over that I can use for the scraper plane.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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WayneC

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#10 posted 1147 days ago

Mauricio, if your interested in Scraper Planes, check out this post…

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24141

Kenns: I would recommend you get the following book if your interested in making planes….

Making and Mastering Wood Planes by David Finck

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 1147 days ago

Hey Wayne,

I saw that post and they are very nice. But I found one this other post that is much simpler (which I always prefer).
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/14994

Even the post you liste says that you dont really need the opening to let the shavings out the top. The post I just pasted doesnt have opening which means you dont even need a pin. This scarper plane looks like something that can be whipped up pretty quickly, I even have an old saw laying around that I can cut up.

I’ll do it one day, right now its not high on the list of projects I need to do.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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WayneC

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#12 posted 1147 days ago

I’m trying to ignore the shop made ones and make sure my wife does not know they can be made. I would really love a LN-212 .

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 1147 days ago

My wife does the old “We’ll if you really think you need it”, and then I dont buy it because I know I dont.

I’m cheap too though. If I can make a scraper plane out of a scrap of metal and wood I’m all about that.

Nice LN plane though! how do you hold that thing.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Div

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#14 posted 1147 days ago

Sweet! Beautiful piece of wood.

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

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lysdexic

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#15 posted 827 days ago

One day I will make a Krenov style plane. Hopefully it will be as nice as this.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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