Wooden Handplane

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Project by JamesVavra posted 07-17-2011 12:55 AM 2056 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while now, and last month’s Wood magazine had it as a project, so I finally got around to it.

Bubinga and curly maple sap wood with some maple and rosewood (I think) veneer for the racing stripes, it’s about 9” long. I had an old Buck Bro’s block plane blade that I spent the better part of 2 hours flattening and sharpening using adhesive-backed sandpaper on plate glass. Not counting the blade sharpening, the plane took about two hours to build.

Although I’m not much of a hand plane user, it was a fun project, seems to work fairly well, and it looks beautiful.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 07-17-2011 01:24 AM

Looks great! And looks a lot like mine! LOL I guess it should since I used the same Wood Magazine article and plans to build mine.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 04:03 AM

Good looking plane (and cutting board). When I saw this pattern and plane in Wood magazine I knew I had to build one…still on my to do list.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#3 posted 07-17-2011 04:10 AM

saweeeeeeeeeet lookin plane

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 07-17-2011 09:08 PM

haha…funny thing that you just posted this project. i just bought that issue and am thinking about making it too. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being good, how well would you say it works?

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 06:13 PM

I’d say it works well. I’m not very experienced with handplanes, and I’m having a bit of difficulty getting it adjusted properly. When I tap it from the front or rear to adjust the iron, I seem to knock it loose. Perhaps I should have avoided waxing the cap? Or maybe I’m not setting the cap hard enough?

And while I do intend to use it occasionally, I looks really nice on my workbench!

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 06:34 PM

Half the fun is making it work. Nice job!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 03:56 PM

Beautiful plane.
I find it more and more fun to make these, so be carefull it might end as a habbit.
Best thoughts,

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

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