Krenov Maple Smooth Plane

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Project by jasondain posted 01-12-2012 03:27 PM 4534 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this plane from some leftovers from my last project where I used 12/4 maple for my table legs. I had been given a 2” Hock blade with chipbreaker for Christmas from Lee Valley and a copy of the book Making and Mastering Wood Planes by David Finck so wanted to try to make some. I decided to build a couple of smooth planes (57 degree and 50 degree bed) and a Jack plane (50 degree bed) for use in flattening panels etc. I decided that maple was likely hard enough to not need an additonal sole but liked the contrasting look so picked up some Wenge offcuts for use there. I followed the directions pretty closely (with a few exceptions) in the book on constructing the plane and I am pretty happy with the results. I decided to play with the angles a bit as well as use a 3/8 brass pin vs a wooden dowel as shown in the book. I was able to get some pretty fine shavings around 1.5/1000th of an inch with a sharp blade on birdseye maple with no tearout. My plan is to apply some Tried and True traditional wood finish to this to wrap it up.

Overall, the book was a great resource for anyone doing this project and it wasnt that difficult and very satisfying when those first shavings come off. In terms of the style, I like the look of the planes but they aren’t all the comfortable to use vs. a plane with a tote in my opinion. That might be due to the width of the blade at 2” and the thickness of the cheeks at 3/8”. Someone with smaller hands would likely want to go thinner on both accounts.

For the Jack, I’ve changed plans and will be creating a Philadelphia Style plane but with a pin instead of the chiseled out wedge path. See the following link;

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 04:12 PM

Very nice looking tools. You will reach for that smoother often. Just make sure whatever finish you use is not slick….no handles, no grip.

I love these planes though. They are such a joy to work with and look at.

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

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 04:18 PM

Looks like a great job nice looking planes.

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 05:05 PM

Great tools, thanks for the construction pics as well!

-- Smitty

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