Toted smoother

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Project by Bram Couttouw posted 02-26-2012 05:46 PM 3392 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I alwase wanted a smoother like this one but I had no time to make one, untill last week.
I used the design from Phil Edwards (philly planes) and aksed him if he could give me some measurements.

The plane is made out of jatoba with a strike button in wengé. The plane iron is 4mm thick.
It has a 50° bed angle to plane difficult wood. The handle is mortised in the body.

I didn’t use a chip breaker and so far it works pretty good.

It took me 4 days or so to make this plane, quite a lot of work went in it. Especially to chop out the opening to fit the blade in.
I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. It still needs a couple coats of wax.

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 06:09 PM

That came out spectacular, one day I will get to this as well, until then I like admiring yours.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 06:33 PM

That plane is beatuiful. Great style to it. I’ll join the club of having to make one…someday.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 07:32 PM

Wow. What a functional piece of Art. Amazing work.

-- Newbie woodworker

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 08:00 PM

Beautiful plane very nice work.

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 08:03 PM

That looks very nice. Will you tell us more about the plane iron, please

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 08:45 PM

beautyfull plane
nearly nothing can beat a well homemade tool
one you can be proud of

thanks for sharing

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Don W

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 09:16 PM

i like it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 09:33 PM

Beautiful. Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 02-27-2012 03:11 AM

Very nice looking “schaaf”.
what kind of blade did you use?
Be well.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 02-27-2012 04:38 AM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 02-27-2012 04:51 AM

That is a great looking plane, well done!

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 02-27-2012 11:34 AM

Nice work !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#13 posted 02-27-2012 01:50 PM

Thanks for sharing. How did you shape the handle? Just curious. That is a gorgeous tool.

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

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#14 posted 02-27-2012 08:01 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.
The blade is just an old plane blade that i bought at a yardsale together with the plane body (of course) 43 mm wide, 4 mm thick with a 25° bevel.
Pabull, indeed, schaaf
I cut the handle out on the bandsaw and drilled the waste out with a forstner bit (where you gonne want to put your fingers). I shaped everything with rasps and handsanded the handle untill it was smooth.

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