First Hand Planes

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Project by jayray posted 05-20-2012 11:23 PM 2982 views 14 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I haven’t had the money to go buy a planer yet… too cheap. So, I decided to settle for my best “cheap” option for jointing together a bench seat and then smoothing it. Plus, I get an excuse to try something else new. So, I bought the Ron Hock 2” blade and then stopped by the local hardwood store to see what they had for wood. Again, being cheap, I decided to glue together a bunch of hard maple out of the shorts bin in order to keep costs down. Best part was that I found a piece with some decent figure in the cheap bin. The sole, wedge, and pin is made out of Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry).

In the end, I have a very large jointer plane with a fence that can be attached. I also have a smoother plane. The block plane was eaten by the router, so we’ll see if I ever get around to fixing it and then finishing it. Both planes have adjustable soles.

I have to say, while it is a lot of work, there is something pretty cool about using a plane with a good sharp blade. It just makes it all the cooler when you made the plane from scratch yourself too. I’d like to eventually get a second blade so that I don’t have all the hassles of switching the blade between planes.

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 11:58 PM

man, those things are sweet. Is that a removable fence on the jointer?

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 12:17 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks – and nice work JayRay.

I really like the lines of the ‘swell’ behind the jointers wedge, and the add-on fence was a smart move.


-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 12:55 AM

Welcome. Really nice job on those planes

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

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 01:03 AM

those sure are pretty planes

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 03:57 AM

Most excellent work JayRay and welcome to LumberJocks.

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 04:52 AM

Wow.. for “cheap” wood I’d say you scored! Really sharp looking planes and they look comfy to work with. Great job..

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 05:04 AM

SWEEEEEEET. those are sharp looking as well as cutting.. very nice… welcome to LJ’s..

-- Papa...

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#8 posted 05-21-2012 09:00 AM

Beautiful planes.
I love the fact you gave them adjustable mouths.
Really nice work.
Best thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 02:05 PM

these are beautiful, love them! i´m sure they produce a lot of fine thin shavings

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 02:53 PM

Those are freakin cool!!!

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 03:59 PM

Nicely done jayray – thanks for sharing! I have been thinking I need to make a good long jointing plane, and yours is a great inspiration. Do you have any pics of the whole plane with the fence attached?

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#12 posted 05-21-2012 04:20 PM

Here is a pic of the fence attached. The one thumb screw holds the fence in place against the body and the fence is held by being up against the sole bottom of the plane. Note, there is an area cut out of the fence for where the blade would stick out.

I was worried about losing the thumb screw, so I put a threaded insert in the fence. The issue was that the thumb screw would tighten against that as opposed to pulling the fence tight to the plane body. So, with the suggestion from my father-in-law, I put the thumb screw in the drill press and filed off the threads near the top. This allows for the fence to catch the threads of the screw, but when the screw is almost tight, it does not catch any more threads and allows the fence to be pulled tight to the body.

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#13 posted 05-21-2012 04:37 PM

OUTSTANDING! And yes, I’m screaming. They look like they’re just begging to be touched. I love the functional curves.

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

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#14 posted 05-21-2012 04:40 PM

I agree with Al, They look like something you’d have to pick up and hold.

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

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#15 posted 05-21-2012 04:43 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks!
Your planes are FANTASTIC!

Great work… and the price! You have that figured out pretty well too! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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