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I have made 50 miniature woodworking tools over the past ten years, using less than one-board foot of wood in the process. As a result I can afford to use some pricey hardwoods that are often sold by the pound. As an example, the small piece of cocobolo that was used for this Wedge-Arm Plow Plane was the cut-out sold by a band-saw box maker on eBay.

The plane is a 40% scale copy of an original that was also purchased on eBay (and later sold, under a buy-and-sell agreement negotiated with my wife). All of the component parts – cocobolo, ebony, brass and steel, were machined using my Sherline table-top mill and lathe. The hard-woods machine accurately and cleanly, leaving almost a polished finish when they came off the mill.

The body, arms and fence are cocobolo, and the arm and blade wedges are ebony. The blade, skate and skid plate are all steel with the remaining parts brass. The original plane was from the 1880 period, probably of an English background. My copy is four inches long and all adjustments are functional.

-- John's miniature woodworking tools

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 05:42 AM

Wow, What a masterpiece! What patience you must have. This is one of those projects that you want to hold in your hand to really get a close look at. That nice and fully functional too…......Impressive. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 06:03 AM


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#3 posted 10-23-2011 06:39 AM

Wow, that is beautiful! I cant wait to see more from you.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 07:27 AM

Amazing! Thank you for sharing this one, it is beautiful.

-- -- Quin, Oregon

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 09:56 AM

The photos make me want to get my hands all over it and feel how smooth it is…. Oh well …

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 11:29 AM

Extremely fine work !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 01:16 PM

very beautyfull made
thank´s for sharing it with us :-))
welcome to L J enjoy and have fun
but be aware ,its very addictive to hang around on this corner :-)

looking forward to see more from your hands


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#8 posted 10-23-2011 01:54 PM

grand craftwork, very superior in every way.

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#9 posted 10-23-2011 02:38 PM

Wow, this is really a neat piece and shows your skills. Nice build. Nice pen too.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 03:13 PM

That’s Amazing

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 04:04 PM

absolutely fascinating… hats off to you.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 05:17 PM

That is a fantastic miniature.
Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 10-23-2011 05:23 PM

Kunstwerk, Meisterwerk

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#14 posted 10-23-2011 06:04 PM

WOW – truely inspiring….thanks.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#15 posted 10-23-2011 10:44 PM

Lovely work.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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