Plough plane ( my first homemade plane)

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Project by drewnahant posted 06-16-2011 01:28 AM 5646 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been looking for an old stanley plough plane for a while, and after seeing all of the home made planes on here recently, I decided to just make my own. It is curly maple and walnut with an iron made from an old jointer blade. The finish was a bit of an expirament in analine dyes, and tinting shellac. It came out a bit brighter than I would have liked, but not enough to make me sand it down, besides I’ll never lose it in a pile of shavings. Works great, and I have to say, I think everyone should try this. I expected to struggle with shaping the iron using only my angle grinder and bench grinder, but it took only about 20 minutes, and the iron is perfect, square, straight, and between .246 and .248 all the way down it’s length, it cuts a groove between .248 and .251 consistently. I was amazed how well it works. Also, I have never used a plane without an adjustment mechanism before, the tapping adjustment dials it right in. Now I just need to get a nice brass thumbscrew for the fence adjuster, instead of that little capscrew which needs a wrench.

Needless to say, this little guy will have friends soon.

Thank you to everyone who has posted their completed planes and blogs on here, it certainly sped up the learning curve, I dont know how I would have done this without the instruction of my fellow LJ’s

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 01:38 AM

Very nice. Similar to one of my favorite little planes (Record 043).

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 01:43 AM

saweeeeeeeeet little plane

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 02:01 AM

the finish makes this! IMO
very nice!

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 02:03 AM

Nice job!

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 06:16 AM

Impressive little plane. The best part is all the parts were self made! I really like the shape and curvaceous outline.

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

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 08:37 PM

Well done man! I like your creative touch. Yes HSS jointer knifes make good blades, I have been using it for some time. What did you use for the bars?

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

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 12:15 AM

Div – I bought some 1/4” zinc coated steel rod at home depot. cut with an angle grinder, then put them in the drill press, and use a file to square the end, and chamfer the edge while spinning. I later realized it was a waste of time because they dont sit at the same depth in their holes, but I matched their length to within 1 thou.

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 01:52 AM

very cool. Well done.

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 03:25 PM

That’s a pretty cool little plane.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 09:06 PM

Thanks for the post.

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

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