Wooden Compass Plane

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Project by Edward E Nock II posted 08-07-2012 06:38 PM 3419 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, I wanted to make a wooden block plane & a wooden compassplane, but I didn’t have any plans to go by. I mentioned this to JOHN WILSON, while ordering some Shaker Box supplies. He said he had some plans & said he would send them to me.

I finished this compass plane last month. I’m a fast worker!!!

John said he was writting a book called ” Making Wooden Tools”. I asked him to let me know when it be published. Well, it’s published & I ordered one. It is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In it there plans & directions to make; Block plane, Compass plane, Smoothing plane, Spokeshave, Router plane, Adz, Bowsaw, Scrub plane, and much more.
There are directions foe making thier respective blades, i.e. Cutting, shapping, hardening, tempering.

You can contact John @ his web site

I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have


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#1 posted 08-07-2012 07:00 PM

Nice little plane, Ed!

Do I see a workshop for the MDWW coming!?

Thanks for the link to the book, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 08:25 PM

sorry for not knowing but what is a compass plane? nice looking plane!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 08:55 PM

Ed: Great looking, I guess I’ll see it in a couple of weeks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 09:29 PM

I like the plane, nice job on it. Also, thanks for the info on Mr. Wilson’s book, I need to make irons for several old molding planes. You should probably do a Review on the book, I think many members would be interested.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 09:41 PM

Nice plane Ed, How much is the book?

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 10:52 PM


I hope you will supply more details, bed angle, Blade source, etc.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 12:14 AM

Very nice. Really like this!
Thanks for sharing it.


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

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#8 posted 08-08-2012 12:45 AM

Very nice plane. I also would like some more details. Good feeling to be able to use tools you made yourself. Well done!

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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#9 posted 08-08-2012 01:47 AM

Wow… workshops coming up??? Nicely done, Ed. Love to see this at next show and tell.

By the way, I finished my shaker box set so you can have your shaper and dryer forms back… I’ll bring them to the MDWW meeting Aug 15. I had to order some supplies from John Wilson, also… nice doing business with them.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 08-08-2012 01:47 AM

I had never heard of a compass plane before. So I Googled it. Learned something new (and interesting to boot!)


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 03:52 AM

That sure is a interesting plane that would be nice to have when needed .
I will have to look for the book also .

-- Kiefer 松

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#12 posted 08-08-2012 04:39 AM

Thanks for the book info. This will help my woodworking and smithing!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 08-08-2012 01:26 PM

Sandhill… The book is $39.95
Whitewulf…MDWW is the anacronym of our Mason Dixon Woodworker club .
BTKS…The smithing articles are very detailed. I had never done anything like that befoer


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#14 posted 08-09-2012 12:40 AM

I saw this plane today. Ed brought it by the Toy Workshop. It was a lot smaller that I thought.

It’s a nice little plane.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 08-17-2012 01:52 AM

Is the wide mouth necessary to the function of a/the compass plane?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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