African Mahogany Hand Plane

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 11-23-2011 02:49 AM 3352 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello. This is my newest wood hand plane. It is made of african mahogany, with a hard maple sole. The blade is 1 5/8” wide and is from a block plane I had that was no good to use, and the plane is about 9” long. With every plane I make they become better in performance aswell as in shape and handling. This plane was resawn from one blank, and the shaping was done on the bandsaw. I think I like the bandsawn surfaces better than the smooth sanded surfaces on some of my previous hand planes. The quality of cut and adjustment are excellent, in at least soft-medium density woods. I have not tried it in a hard or figured wood yet. Do not attempt making a wooden hand plane unless you have patience during your first couple planes, and do not care if you become addicted to making more afterwards.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 02:56 AM

Oh, that’s a beauty CW.
I haven’t tried to make one yet, but I think this type in on my list.
Yours looks like it is nice to use.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 02:56 AM

Looks like a beefy shaver that will get the job done and a nice comfy shape ,
Very nice indeed !

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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Don W

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 03:15 AM

beautiful work. That looks like a fine shavings coming out of that plane as well. Do you plane to put a finish on it, or just let time finish it for you?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 03:35 AM

Only time. I have put finish on planes before but not again. I like the rough surface from the bandsaw and the bare wood on my hands. If I did not intend on using my handplanes I might apply a finish.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 03:48 AM

Thanks for posting this! I think I was admiring your planes on your workbench blog post. I was waiting to build one of these until purchasing a Hock blade/chipbreaker, but I have an old Stanley 220 blade laying around and my just tackle this sooner than later.

Excellent work!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 06:47 PM

Amazing results! very nice…..

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

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 07:10 PM

This came to some inspiration to me while I was looking through my garage for a project to fill my “idle” time. First, I have to say “Great work!” I do have some questions if you wouldn’t mind: 1. Why the hard maple sole? 2. Did you simply trial and error this or did you have resources to guide you? 3. Can you share any insight that may help me along the way creating one of my own? As always, thanks for your post, time and, guidance.

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 07:29 PM

Paul, buy this book

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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