A 2" Fingernail plane...

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Project by Div posted 06-01-2011 10:39 PM 2892 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, I’m lying. It is actually a little under 2 ½” long. A real pocket plane….a baby smoother…a tiny trim plane…I decided to call it a fingernail plane :^)

It would seem I have a nasty case of rhykanitis! Following all the recent plane talk on LJ’s, I had the urge to make yet another plane…

I’m just playing now, going smaller and smaller…

If it looks like I only make planes in Purple Heart, it is purely because I have a box full of off cuts. Don’t worry; I’m getting close to the bottom….I think I shall make the next one out of some African wood….

Be inspired and make more planes!

Yours in sawdust

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

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 10:46 PM

It is a very nice looking little plane and at least you did not make a pink plane. : ^ )

I’m so far behind, it is going to take me months to catch up. I would also like to make a spill plane when I get a chance.

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

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 10:49 PM

That really rocks .

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 10:57 PM

Thats just plane tiny, Div. Nice one.

Purple looks really good for planes.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 11:03 PM

Awsome plane! If I live to be 100 I’ll never build all the projects on my list. This is one of them.

Thanks for sharing


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#5 posted 06-01-2011 11:14 PM

another great one from you Div :-)
I look forward to see the giant

take care

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 11:19 PM

Div that plane is awesome tiny and elegant!

Very well done :) think after seeing this i better son get started on a little plane too :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 11:51 PM

I love it. I wouldn’t go anywhere without my “mini-plane” in my apron. Wonderful project.

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

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 12:02 AM

Are you going to be like Martyn and see how small you can go? It would be something to see a 1/2” plane!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 12:58 AM

cool plane.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 06-02-2011 01:05 AM

Hi brother,
That is one sweet little lady, and proud she is, even ready to show off a little shave.
I love her.
Did you use new metal here, l have a feeling the planner has gone on vecation?
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 06-02-2011 04:17 AM

Oh man… you and Mafe are killing me making all these cool planes as I am packing my shop into various boxes preparing for a cross-country move. I just took a huge load of offcuts down to the fire pile on the beach because I can’t take them with me and here you are making cute little planes from offcuts.

Glad you are having fun. I am hoping to join the ranks of the productive woodworkers soon, but I fear it will be a while.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 06-02-2011 04:25 AM

That’s a nice looking plane! Do you store your purple heart projects somewhere special so they won’t oxidize?

-- Jeff,

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#13 posted 06-02-2011 07:33 AM

I like that plane. It looks like something Dr. Seuss would use.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#14 posted 06-02-2011 05:42 PM

Very nice.. I need one of these. Where do you get or what kind of blade you using?

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

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#15 posted 06-02-2011 07:39 PM

Nice plane. Did you base this off a plan?

-- Russ

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