Beech Wooden Smoothing Plane

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Project by CTgator posted 10-05-2011 06:05 AM 2738 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is the first (hopefully of many more to come) project that I have posted on here. As my interest in woodworking has grown, so has my fascination with hand planes. However, upon seeing the (according to my wallet) HIGH prices of quality metal planes, I began to get discouraged. And then I found an interesting book. As I began to read through it's pages, I began to think “Why not??”. And so, somewhat on a whim, I decided to give it a try.

This has been a most rewarding endeavor. I highly recommend WW’ers of any skill level give it a try.

The body of the plane is laminated European beech. The sole is Jatoba. The cross pin is E. Indian rosewood. The wedge is mahogany. The iron and matched chip-breaker are 2” wide and came from David Finck (found here).

I will post some better pics later.

This was my first attempt, so please be kind! ;)

Edit: I posted some more pics after deciding to put a coat of polymerized linseed oil.

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 09:36 AM

Great look, seams like a 30’sor 40’s streamline design, awesome.


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#2 posted 10-05-2011 10:16 AM

First off congrats on you first post. Your plane is really nice. At first look I like the lines and the shape. But thought it could have some other wood in it for interest. Then it grew on me more. With that said, the results of your tool are simply amazing. I’m not sure I have seen one that thin on here. Kuddos to you!
Are you leaving it natural color or doing some type of finish?

Great work.

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

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 01:38 PM

That is one nice shave. I agree with your comments on the book and making these planes. I made mine out of cut down stanley irons as Krenov says to do in his book ““The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking””: . One day I’m going to try your way too. Great project!

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

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 02:31 PM

That is beautiful. Very sleek. What book did the idea come from?

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 03:15 PM

Finally someone else who loves the DF blades.

Very nice finished result on you plane. That’s a mighty cottony shaving…congrats, the sole is flat.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 03:57 PM

Thanks for the kind comments.

@ken90712: I had thought about leaving it natural, but decided to put the linseed oil on instead. (See new pics)

@Don W: Yes sir. They are both great books. I love Krenov’s approach and philosophy about woodworking, and I feel those ideals are present in David’s work as well.

@JessieinMO: The book I mentioned is “Making and Mastering Wooden Planes” by David Finck and it can be found here.

@RGtools: I LOVE these plane irons!

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 03:59 PM

This is also on my to-do list. Beautiful.

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 07:45 PM

That is just plane beautiful!

So is that sweet little No. 60 1/2 L-N in the background.

How long/wide is this one?

Making one of these has been on my ToDo list for WAY too long…

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 11:50 PM

@TroutGuy: The dimensions are 12 3/4L x 2 3/4W x 2 7/8H, and yes that is a L-N 60 1/2, just not mine :(

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#10 posted 10-06-2011 01:21 AM

You did a great job,isn’t fun to be able to use a tool you made yourself and have it work as good as the expensive metal ones.Welcome to LJ’s

-- Billp

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#11 posted 10-06-2011 05:00 PM

Very nice.

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

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 02:21 AM

FIRST TRY!!!... Wow, I gotta try this really soon. Great looking plane, bet it works great, too. May try the books as well, then jump in. Thanks for the post!

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#13 posted 10-08-2011 12:07 AM

I hope you have many more posts to come too. That plane is a beauty!

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#14 posted 10-09-2011 05:25 AM

Thanks for all of the kind comments!

I am wanting to start another, but I am having a hard time settling on a wood. I would love to do a rosewood (either cocobolo or African blackwood for the density and the durability), out of a 3×3 piece, but I am having trouble finding any that is dry.

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