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Third times a charm - 1st usable wooden block plane

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Project by USCJeff posted 950 days ago 1314 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m one of those woodworkers that enjoy making jigs and tools oftentimes at the expense of doing projects. I’m far from a hand tool guy, but a block plane is just plain useful. That and a #4 are the only ones that see use in most projects and the others just look pretty on the wall.

I’ve made a total of 4 block planes now. The first (posted it a few years ago) was a Wood Magazine design that looked very sleek, but was terrible in use. The claim was it was a simple build with high end results. They were half right. I’ve now done three Krenov style planes (see pic 3, left is Cherry and Walnut, right is Mahogany on Maple). The first two were failures that couldn’t be fixed to function as needed. Issues involved an uneven blade ramp near the mouth on one. The Mahogany one was the cross pin way too close to the top of the plane. It’s a few taps on the wedge away from breaking through. The mouth was too wide as well.

The keeper is an Oak and PurpleHeart model. I didn’t do much different in execution, but went a little slower here and there and erred to the safe side when fitting it. The mouth is a little larger than the desired sliver of wood it cuts. I’m satisfied with the back of the plane as far as feel, but haven’t got the front quite right yet. I’m using a rasp and sandpaper here and there as I use it to give it a good feel. Just a little too bulky up there currently. Everything got a light oil finish and wax (ramp and wedge excluded of course.

My worry is the White Oak. I’ve used Purple heart for many tools and mallets and it holds its own. Oak isn’t quite in that ball park as far as density. It was what I had on hand at the time. I’m not certain it will stand the test of time though. I’d rather of had the other species from the “failures”. Might be a non issue though.

-- Jeff, South Carolina





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sedcokid

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#1 posted 950 days ago

Great lookin plane, Let us know how it holds up!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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BTKS

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#2 posted 950 days ago

Try, try and try again, it will eventually pay off. It did this time. Good work, can’t wait to see what’s next.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Billp

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#3 posted 949 days ago

Jeff im making my first krenov plane now should be interesting. Yours looks like it turned out ok.

-- Billp

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Don W

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#4 posted 949 days ago

Nice looking plane. I made one of white oak as well. I think it would take a lot of use to wear it out. I made a scraper as well.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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roy

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#5 posted 948 days ago

white oak is a very tuff hardwood
should last a lifetime

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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