Japanese Kanna's (hand planes) brought back to life.

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Project by mafe posted 07-29-2011 02:04 AM 4879 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese Kanna’s (hand planes)
Brought back to life.

This is the two Kanna’s (hand planes) I brought back to life in the ‘Japanese tools #1: Japanese hand plane KANNA setup blog’:

Reading Toshio Odate’s inspire ring words in his book ‘Japanese woodworking tools their tradition spirit and use’ where he tells a story of how his learning master took a expensive Kanna (hand plane) away from Toshio that he had just bought but never used and never gave it back to him again, this because Toshio was not yet skilled enough to own a plane of that quality his master said. This made me all fired up to learn, to earn my right to use a Japanese hand plane.
So I decided to start modest and ordered two planes from a guy in Japan, he wrote the Kanna’s were almost new but not working… This seemed for me like the perfect place to start, to understand why, and hopefully to find out why, and then make them work (or to give up and use my Stanley’s – laugh).

1. The 245mm long Chu-shiko (smoothing plane).
2. The 150mm long Chu-shiko (block plane).
3. Setup of chip breaker.
4. Sharpening the blades.
5. Fitting the blade.
6. Truing and setting up the sole of a Japanese blade.

The planes now work really well and I am an even happier rhykenologist now!

The blog:
My Japanese inspired scraper plane:

Hope it can bring some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


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

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 02:06 AM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 02:19 AM

Cool man! Japanese steel is the best.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 03:53 AM

Really cool! Mafe you are a master at tools brother!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 06:18 AM

Mads, I just love the passion you have with your work, all the research and refurbish skill put into these projects.
I am not a woodworker as such but a turner, but you still manage to get my attention every time.
Thanks for the lesson :)

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

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 06:54 AM

Great job on that plane Mads.

The blog was quite captivating and inspiring.
The book is now on my list.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 02:50 PM


Well done. You should also do some video on the use of the Japanese style plane. In particular, the technique of pulling the plane as opposed to the Western versions that are pushed. Same way with the Japanese saws vs. Western. Personally, I tend to lean more toward the western designs for both planes and saws, but that is probably more the result of having used them all of my life. I have some nice Japanese saws and a couple of Japanese style planes. Can’t say that I have mastered either. For that matter, it could easily be said that I haven’t mastered any of the tools. Yeah, but I have fun with what I do know.


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

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 04:04 PM

Mads, I see another book, a picture book, a book about the Japanese tools, a book that reads like a fairytale. It has pictures in it, I see a hardcover coffee table book. A book even little kids pickup and read…..sorry Mads I got side tracked a little.

You are a great tool-man. Thanks again for this post.

Be well, PaBull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 08-03-2011 08:07 PM

Hi guys,
Thank you for the comments, I made more comments on the blog.
Best thoughts,

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

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