|Project by AaronK||posted 06-06-2011 03:39 AM||3945 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This is my first attempt at plane making. I guess this is what’s known as the krenov style – it seems that the use of a laminated body combined with a dowel cross pin defines that style. Anyway, it’s made out of mahogany and cherry. Blade is out of an old craftsman block plane that I got in a bulk purchase and was missing a key piece. So after all the great inspiration here on LJ I decided to re-purpose it and build my own tool.
I didn’t use any plans, just went along in the most logical way I thought. The “frog” (for lack of a better term) angle is 40º, the other side is 60º. I originally wanted the blade to be bevel up so that with a 30º microbevel I’d get a blade with sufficiently high angle to use on squirrelly wood…. well it turns out that it doesn’t work that well in that mode. Either the blade quality is too poor, 70º is too high, or my adjustment technique for wooden planes is still underdeveloped – or all three – but it is very difficult to get the blade set right. When I do hit the sweet spot, the high angle worked really well on some interlocked mahogany. But I’m finding it too finicky. So I flipped the blade over, so now it’s just at 40º like lots of other planes. It works well enough in that mode (as you can see from the shavings of cherry).
Overall, I would prefer a longer body – there’s not enough in back for me to hold on to, and it’s a bit bulky to use like a little metal block plane. since it’s made out of scraps and went together SO easily (really these things are so easy!) I might just make a new body. It is pretty fun to use though, since it’s so light weight. I’m also surprised that such a simple wedging design can hold the blade so well. pretty nifty.
to give you an idea of dimensions: that’s a standard size block plane blade in there, and it’s a 3/4” dowel pin (poplar – all I had!).
anyway, questions and comments appreciated!