Hand plane making hand planes (curly maple & bubinga)

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Project by Byron posted 06-03-2012 05:58 PM 3855 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had already made a curved sole hand-plane but did so very poorly. So when I needed a compass plane, with curves along both axis of the plane, I decided to remake the first curved one as well. I had some scrap bubinga and curly maple laying around so I had motivation to make them look a little nice as well. To curve the soles I simply used my #3 hand plane, hence the title, and followed up by a very quick sanding with a block the same radius curve of the blade when held at the correct angle.

The profiles are band-sawn then shaped with rasps and sanded. Also I used my smoothing plane to leave a nice finished surface on all the flats instead of sanding. I followed up with some light coats of shellac just to protect it more then raw wood and waxed the bottom. (I did not put any finish where the blade goes)

The wedges are made out of bubinga and the blade is a Hock.

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 06:55 PM

Wow, really nice tools. Maybe some day I will dare to make a plane. I have started to make my cutting boards by finishing them only by planing so to not leave sandpaper grit in them. Don’t know if it is worth it but that is what I am doing.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 09:38 PM

Please send me all your rejects!

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 12:55 AM

very nice!!

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

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 05:57 PM

You do great work. The plane looks amazing.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 06:03 PM

Excellent work! Is the blade radiused to match the curve of the sole?

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

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 09:20 PM

Beautiful work.
Best thoughts,

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

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