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Project by Don W posted 03-04-2012 10:16 PM 2971 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a while I’ve wanted to try a 55 degree high angle frog plane. I had thought about building one, but I’ve never really been taken by the hammer adjuster type planes. I have a lot of them, and I do use them once in a while, but truth be told, I prefer the Stanley type blade adjustment. I even prefer it over the Norris type adjusters.

I decided to try using a typical frog on a wooden plane. As I was designing it, I decided on a transitional frog, because it gave more wood under the frog.

Main body is whit oak, front body is wenge, sides are maple.

More pictures on the blog.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 11:37 PM

What a fine little plane, will love to hear about your experience in using it later.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 11:41 PM

Great plane, Don! I like your idea of using a transitional frog. Tell us how it works on some nicely figured wood when you get a chance.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 11:45 PM

Looks cool Don. I think you have a little mad scientist to you, its makes things more interesting.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 12:51 AM

A lovely little plane Don she should serve you well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 01:42 AM

Great idea/use for an old tired transitional. I would also like to hear more about how you like using it.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 03:38 AM

That’s a great looking plane

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

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 04:02 AM

I don’t know how I missed your note on the lever cap in HPOYD. I’m glad you found a use for it!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 04:48 AM

Nice looking plane! I gather by the pile of shavings behind it that it works well?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 07:32 PM

thanks for sharing the idea Don :-)

lets hear how it behave a year from now :-)


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#10 posted 03-06-2012 03:37 AM


-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 03-17-2012 11:48 PM

Hi Don
I must admit I too like to use the depth and lateral adjusters. All that tap tapping the blade isn’t for me. Any chance of a photo of the underside- see the mouth for the blade?


-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#12 posted 03-18-2012 04:23 PM

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#13 posted 03-19-2012 02:37 AM

Wow Don…....this is great, I really enjoyed this project. Fun and dam well done. Enjoy!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#14 posted 03-19-2012 11:58 AM

thanks jjw585. I am thinking of doing one at 60 degrees now. In the short time ago I’ve made this, and the little time I’ve had in my shop, I’ve still reached for this on a couple of occasions.

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#15 posted 07-16-2012 09:27 PM

Don that is nice

It was posted while my broaband was down


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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