Wooden Plane

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Project by AKSteve posted 02-13-2012 06:28 AM 1628 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make some Wooden Planes, I got some free plans on the internet, I think from Popular mechanics, the Wood is Cherry and Wenge, I really like both of those woods, the Cherry takes to a planes beautifully, and the Wenge smells really good when you cut it, but it leaves splinters in your hands when you plane it, bit time! I have to spend a half hour picking out the splinters every time I plane it. Anyway, I got this monster piece of Cherry and the wenga, and I just finishe the first planer, it’s a jointer, the description calls for using the Band Saw, but my poor little 10 inch from Craftsman has a hard time cutting butter much less that giant piece of Cherry, so I had to use the table saw, the plans are alittle different than my final outcome, but I like what it looks like and it “Works” which is what matters anyway. I still have two more to make, hopefully it will go a little smoother, I trimmed up what I could of the body and used a rasp to shape the curves and the pin to hold the wedge to. I had to hand plane that big hunk of cherry to get the wrarp out, it was fun.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 02:03 PM

Nice work. I have heard about the wenge splinters now from two people. That is not good news since I have a block of it I intend to make a jointer with.

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

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 02:14 PM

Good job.

I’ve made a plane also. I used lignum vitae for the bottom. Extremely hard wood and no splinters.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 02:26 PM

WOW- welcome to LJ’s! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#4 posted 02-13-2012 05:23 PM

RGTools, wenge looks great but it’s some seriously nasty stuff. The splinters can cause sepsis and you need to wear a mask when you sand it, too.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 06:24 PM

yeah I usually dig them out at the end of the day and put some Hydrogen peroxide on the cuts. the only thing probably would be to wear leather gloves with working with that wood. it’s funny though even after sanding and checking for smoothness I can still pick up a splinter,the way it flakes is so thin.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 06:35 PM

Very nice indeed. Looks great! And it works well, what more can you ask for :)

-- Michael and Matthew

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 08:14 PM

Nice plane. Luckily I can’t afford wenge.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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