Wooden Block Plane

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Project by rcflyer23 posted 08-05-2011 06:42 AM 4089 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to build my own tools and my own hand plane. After getting the latest Wood Magazine that had an article on building one I decided it was time to give it a try.

The woods in this plane are Sapele, Walnut, Spalted Maple and then I put thin veneer between each layer to add a little something to the plane. I am super stoked at how it turned out and will be building many more in the near future I hope.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 10:04 AM

Wow that is awesome! I read the same article and thought how cool would that be to make this. I don’t even have to ask how you like it, as those are some impressive shavings! Where did you get and what type of blade you use? Great work.

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

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 02:07 PM

I’m with Ken..very nice job.. Love the racing stripe efect

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 02:17 PM

Well done Kevin! I like it!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 03:04 PM

I am extremely thrilled with the way it turned out. It really is a lot easier to make then you would think.

@ken90712 I got the blade from Home Depot (Buck Bros 6 1/2 Block Plane), it is the one suggested in the article. The biggest thing about it was that it was a solid iron and didn’t have the standard slot in it for a chip breaker screw, so as long as you have an iron like that you can size the plane to the iron.

We sharpened the iron on a work sharp and the thing cuts like a champ. I’m getting used to the adjustment of it but it really does work great.

@racerglen Thanks. I think the racing stripes turned out pretty good. I’ll be making more of these and I’m probably going to use the same look for them all. I really like it.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 05:11 PM


You’ve got a great looking plane too. I’ve bought out all the small plane blades at my local Home Depot twice now. I’ve got planes to build.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 06:52 PM


I am thinking about going and doing the same thing. I wish I could find the blades only but it doesn’t seem that HD carries just the blade oh well. I just started a second one this morning. Trying to live up the last of my vacation. :)

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#7 posted 08-05-2011 08:31 PM

Thats a fine looking plane. I just made my first one last week. Yours has a little more “class”, but as you said, it was easier than I expected. I usually pick up any cheap iron I find at tag sales and flee markets. You can also find them at, and just to name a few.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 03:23 AM

I saw this in wood magazine as well and have it in my project list
Nicely made

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 04:51 AM

@twokidsnosleep go for it. I’ve build two of them so far. Its an easy project and a pretty quick one as well.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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