Krenov-Style Block Plane

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Project by Donowoodworks posted 05-08-2012 05:10 AM 4127 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished making a 6” block plane, inspired by both James Krenov and William Ng today and I am pretty happy with the result! I sat in on a class that William taught, and I got caught up in the idea of making some of the hand tools I work with. That, coupled with Seeing Yeung Chan's Tools up close this week got me itching to build some planes. This is the second plane in a set of 4 or 5 I plan on making. You can see the first one I made in the last picture – I still don’t have the handle feeling right on that one, so I will give it a few projects worth of fiddling with the grip before I decide it feels right and put a coat of oil on it.

This one is all finished up, and just waiting for a project to get used on! The body is bubinga with a bit of ebony, and the sole is made of goncalo alves. I put a hock blade in it and, while he pictures don’t show it well, there is a hollow right where your thumb sits on the side when you use it; feels like it was made to fit your hand.

-- -Mark Donovan,

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 08:22 AM

Great work, some great looking planes.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 11:22 AM

Those are beautiful looking planes.

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

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 12:09 PM

Awesome looking planes, very nice work.

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

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 01:31 AM

Very nice. Something I’d like to get around to build.

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#5 posted 12-09-2017 10:54 AM

Great looking plane could you post dimensions , blade size etc . Is it the 6 inch mini smoother that Hock has a plan for sale? What is blade angle?

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