spalted maple and walnut hand plane

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Project by HalDougherty posted 1125 days ago 2895 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the hand plane I made from the plans in Wood Magazine so much that I made another one. This one is made from spalted maple. The maple’s dark color makes the plane look like something my Grandfather might have used. I’ve rough sanded the plane body and rubbed in a couple of coats of tung oil. That’s all the finish it’s going to get because I’m going to use it, not put it up and look at it. I may make a few more to give as gifts this Christmas.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 1125 days ago

It’s going to get some attention on your shop shelf by anyone who stops in for a visit.
Beautiful work, Hal.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#2 posted 1125 days ago

This one looks great too.

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

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#3 posted 1125 days ago


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#4 posted 1125 days ago

Beautiful job, Hal. Looks like you’re going into business!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 1125 days ago

This is really great.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#6 posted 1125 days ago

Man, that’s beautiful! Very nice work!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#7 posted 1125 days ago

How do I get on your Christmas list … looks great.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 1124 days ago

looks like a low slung sports car..slick plane..enjoy working with it!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#9 posted 1124 days ago

The tung oil makes it look really nice.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#10 posted 1124 days ago

Good looking tool and it will be a joy to use!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#11 posted 1123 days ago

Very nice. It’s not only a tool, it’s a work of art.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#12 posted 1120 days ago

Hal, I missed this earlier. Great work!! I know what it takes to do what you have done…..........

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 1112 days ago

I just made one of these as well. and I am planning on a second one as a Christmas present. They are great little planes. :) Yours looks great.


-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#14 posted 1071 days ago

That’s a very nice looking plane. I like your selection of woods.
Thanks for the post!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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