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First Shoulder Plane

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Project by SPalm posted 07-04-2011 02:58 AM 3971 views 22 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A DIV and Mafe inspired creation: My first homemade plane. The shavings shown are some of its first. I bought a blade from Hock, and basically followed the instructions in DIV’s blog. I used a piece of maple that was lying around, as I was too chicken to try it for the first time on some nicer wood. I need to build this again for style points. Heck, I didn’t even oil it up for the picture.

I tilted the blade at 37.5 degrees. If you were to buy the Hock kit, that would be the angle that it used, so I thought what the heck. The blade is mounted bevel side down, and the blade grind angle is 30 degrees. It is 3/4 inches wide and 3/16 inch thick. I was able to sharpen it to perfection using my Lumber Jock WS 3000 special. What a treat.

I used dowels for locating the pieces for assembly. Then I bandsawed the shape, leaving the dowels out of the final shape. Let’s just say the design evolved as I went. I tried to use a miter gauge for the angles but that made it too hard to follow the pencil lines. Next time I will do all the sawing freehand. Also the whole assembly had twisted a bit when I removed the clamps, so I had to flatten and true it up. Next time I think I will clamp it to a flat reference caul while drying, and also make the outside plates thicker so there is more wood for final ‘truing’.

This was a fun build. A bit more challenging than I first thought. But I believe I learned a lot, and plan to try this again soon.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon





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bigike

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 03:18 AM

very nice job.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-04-2011 03:20 AM

Looks pretty good to me!

Maple should be a good wood for it, I would think… from a practical standpoint.

Looks really cool!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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MShort

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#3 posted 07-04-2011 03:26 AM

Nice work Steve.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 03:35 AM

Very nice Steve! I like the layout pic – it shows how you thought about this.

I also have to remember that dowel trick you used – sweet.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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mafe

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 03:46 AM

Elegant plane, you gave it a nice personal touch.
Lovely to see some shavings, from it.
Yes we are a few here that got a lot from this plane building tour with Div, I also learned a lot.
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

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

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DonH

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#6 posted 07-04-2011 04:00 AM

Hi Steve

Great looking plane – I am sure you will get lots of use from it

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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shipwright

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 04:17 AM

Nice one Steve. And nice photos too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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rance

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#8 posted 07-04-2011 04:51 AM

That’s a nice one Steve. Hard to believe it is your first hand-built plane.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 07-04-2011 06:01 AM

Looks pretty good to me!

Maple should be a good wood for it, I would think… from a practical standpoint.

Looks really cool!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 07-04-2011 06:01 AM

Good job. I bet that was a fun project.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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peteg

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#11 posted 07-04-2011 09:53 AM

Just shows what you can come up with if you do your homework & think about it, realy nice job Steve.
If ever you give up playing with timber, why not photography (brilliant shots) :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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tdv

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#12 posted 07-04-2011 10:09 AM

That’s a very useable & good looking plane Steve I have a Stanley shoulder plane & the problem is really the blades are too thin unlike the up market makers but I really like the blade you used was it expensive? I think I will have to make myself one are these the new cutting boards we ask ourselves??
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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degoose

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#13 posted 07-04-2011 11:45 AM

Now you have me wanting to make one too…. maybe next week…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Karson

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#14 posted 07-04-2011 02:37 PM

Stefe. A great job. We had a workshop in our woodworking club on these almost three years ago.

They are a fun build. I had a couple of screw ups on my project. The glue job, bur also the hole was started to be drilled on the wrong side of the line.

Ours were at a sharper angle. I bought an extra blade so I might try one like yours.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bertha

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#15 posted 07-04-2011 02:42 PM

How do you like the 37.5? This is gorgeous.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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