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My First Handmade Hand Plane

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Project by fatandy2003 posted 819 days ago 2121 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in Woodcraft and saw one of the Hock hand plane kits and that inspired me. So, I found a Hock 1-5/8” replacement blade, a 2”x2”x12” block of Tasmanian Blackwood and a 1/4”x4”x24” piece of quilted maple.

I squared up the block of Blackwood, then cut a 45 and 65 out of the middle and glued up the maple on the sides with the help of some pieces of a 1/4” walnut dowel. For the pin I sawed off both ends of a 3/8” lag bolt to leave a smooth sturdy metal pin.

I left it square for a while, but it was uncomfortable to use it because of the way my hands sat… then it got interesting. I had a nice piece of koa sitting in the basement so I cut out a small handle with a coping saw. I then used the coping saw and an orbital sander to shape up the front a back to fit my hands perfectly. Yeah, it looks pretty funky, the sides are not symmetrical, and the front looks like a sloth with its mouth open, but it fits my hand like a glove and it takes thinner than paper thin shavings off everything from pine and mahogany to maple and ash.

-- -- Andy, Naples Italy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 819 days ago

Turned out amazing, i like the style and wood choices.

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#2 posted 819 days ago

Outstanding! I like how you gave it some personal style.

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

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#3 posted 819 days ago

Good job! Well made fatandy2003, I bet the custom fit makes for easy shaving.

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Don W

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#4 posted 819 days ago

now that’s really cool. I’d like to see how you hold the back handle. Do you hold it like a tote, or more like a krenov style and the handle is just a ’’stop’’.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 818 days ago

It looks like it belongs in an art gallery. Beautiful!

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#6 posted 818 days ago

If it looks like a plane and cuts like a plane then it’s a job very well done. :))

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fatandy2003

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#7 posted 818 days ago

Thank you all for the kind words. I was honestly surprised how well it turned out.

Don W – I designed the handle to hold it both ways so that I can get some relief on my hands, but continue planing. I use it primarily like a krenov style planer with the “handle” as a stop (that is why I contoured the back of the plane so much to fit my left hand). I also made the handle with the grain in the direction I did so that I can also hold the top knob of the handle without fear of breaking the handle along the grain if I hit a knot. I hope that description makes sense…

-- -- Andy, Naples Italy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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