1/4" Hollow and Round Planes

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This is my first pair of hollow and rounds. These are a pair of number 4’s, so they have a 1/4” wide blade and make a circle with a 1/4” radius.

-Quarter-sawn hard maple body and wedge
-9 3/8” long
-3 3/8” high
-55 degree bed angle with a 12 degree wedge
-finished with linseed oil
-1/8” thick O1 tool steel blades
-1/4” wide blade with 1/8” wide tang
-7” long blade

The planes perform very well from what little use I have given them so far. It took me about 5 hours to make each plane and a couple bucks for the metal, so I would say it is worth making your own. I have enough steel to make almost two dozen or more moulding and joinery planes. I also purchased some 1/4” O1 for a few traditional bench planes. For the almost $200 it cost for the steel and for whatever cost I can get the wood for, I will save a few thousand dollars making the planes myself instead of buying them new. Plus I can make sure all the planes are consistent in size, style, material, and quality.

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

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#1 posted 890 days ago

Very nice planes Carter1

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

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#2 posted 890 days ago

Great looking planes !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 890 days ago


Very nice work as I have come to expect from you. Glad you got some steel you were looking for.

Keep up the great work.


-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#4 posted 890 days ago

Outstanding! I’d love to see your methods. I’ve seen the O1 stock at McMaster and always thought of this. I figure, make a few per year for 20 years, right? :)
Edit: I’m looking again…is that an illusion or did you use some monster thick metal stock?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Don W

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#5 posted 890 days ago

I like your design. Its just enough to add some class. Its nice that they work well too.

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#6 posted 890 days ago

^I’m with Don. Just…enough:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 890 days ago

Very nice Carter. Beautiful workmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Jonas Öster

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#8 posted 890 days ago

Beautiful work. I would love to see pictures/a description of the build.

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#9 posted 890 days ago

Excellent work, as always, Carter!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 890 days ago

Carter, what more can be said beyond that they look perfect? Great job.


Online metals and SpeedyMetals have pretty good pricing on O1 ground flat stock. But you are better off buying locally to escape the shipping.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#11 posted 890 days ago

These look very good Carter. Excellent work.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#12 posted 890 days ago

Awesome job Curt, wow these really look great, enjoy them!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#13 posted 890 days ago

Very nice.
Just the right amount of bling. The lambs tongue chamfer is the cat’s meow.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 890 days ago

Carter, you certainly have a gift for woodworking. The planes have a wonderfully simplistic style yet are elegant. Do you create your own plane designs?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 890 days ago

@luv2learn – These planes are not my design, I have looked at older planes and ones still being made by a few people.

I also agree with David Kirtley, it is best to find a local source to buy the steel. The shipping can be almost the same price as the steel itself. I am fortunate to have found a place in my city only a 15 minute drive away.

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

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