1/4" Hollow and Round Planes

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 03-13-2012 08:10 PM 7423 views 25 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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 03-13-2012 08:19 PM

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 03-13-2012 08:29 PM

Great looking planes !!!!

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

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 08:39 PM


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 03-13-2012 08:42 PM

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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#5 posted 03-13-2012 08:49 PM

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

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

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#6 posted 03-13-2012 08:50 PM

^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 03-13-2012 08:57 PM

Very nice Carter. Beautiful workmanship. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 09:12 PM

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

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#9 posted 03-13-2012 09:18 PM

Excellent work, as always, Carter!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 03-13-2012 10:01 PM

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 03-13-2012 10:33 PM

These look very good Carter. Excellent work.

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

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#12 posted 03-13-2012 10:49 PM

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

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

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#13 posted 03-13-2012 11:17 PM

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 03-14-2012 12:51 AM

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 03-14-2012 01:39 AM

@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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