Purpleheart Bench Plane

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Project by Bill Akins posted 10-24-2011 10:33 PM 3064 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first home made hand plane. A couple of weeks ago our group of Georgia woodworkers met for breakfast and then went over to Woodcraft. Chris Adkins of brought his set of planes that he had made. I was so impressed I bought a block of purpleheart and a Hock 1 1/2” blade and chipbreaker set. Using some plans from the internet I made this plane. It is 11 3/4” long by 2 3/8” wide. This is the first time I have worked with purpleheart and Hock blades. After sanding to 400 grit, I finished the plane with a very generous coat of BLO. After letting that soak in awhile I wiped it down and then used EEE polish followed by 2 coats of Renaisance wax. Other than scorching the end grain a bit I am pleased with the finish. I am going to have to get use to wooden planes but I think it has a permanent home in my shop. I hope to make jointer and block planes to go with it.
Also our little group decided to set regular dates to get together, coverse about wood working and general fellowship. We decided to call ourselves:
Check us out.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 11:55 PM

I’m glad to be the first to compliment your work. This is a really nice tool and well made tool. Thanks for posting and sharing. I’m keeping track of it!



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#2 posted 10-25-2011 02:52 AM

that’s a beautiful plane.

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 03:30 AM


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#4 posted 10-25-2011 03:31 AM

Another person hooked on plane making. Welcome. It’s a lot of fun. I have a piece of purpleheart and wenge that are on my to do list too. Looks great.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 03:38 AM

Good looking plane… and from my experience it is nearly impossible to not burn purpleheart

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 03:46 AM

a true art piece!

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 09:35 AM

Looking real good there.

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#8 posted 10-26-2011 06:50 PM

Looks great Bill! I am impressed, becareful though as you are on a slippery slope. You may forget all about your bowls and start making planes…:)

Now the next challenge is to keep that Purpleheart purple…..

-- Chris Adkins,

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