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Project by woodworker59 posted 08-11-2012 12:37 AM 2390 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to acknowledge John M. Whelan and his book Making Traditional wooden planes.
that’s where the design for this plane came from, very good book if your interested in making some
of your own wooden planes.. He provides three different methods of creating wooden planes.
I made this one out of white oak for the body, cherry for the tote, and ash for the wedge. the iron came from an old coffin plane that like most that old had blown out one side.. its a little tough to fettle it correctly the first time, but once set properly it works great.. I really enjoyed the build and look forward to making some more in different sizes.. he even provide instruction for making plow planes, rabbit, fillister, hollows and rounds. it is quite the book on wooden plane building.. So thanks again John…
hope you like my plane… Papa

-- Papa...

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 01:09 AM

Dang Papa, you were busy today, three projects in a row.
The plane looks nice, excellent craftsmanship.
I too have the book, and like you say, it’s a good one.

-- "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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#2 posted 08-11-2012 01:22 AM

Actually did the work over the last couple weeks, but my camera was on the fritz. had to get a new one so I could post the photos.. She is a sweetheart, its nice with the thick iron in it, no chatter at all,, the iron is got to be close to 3/16” thick.. its an old one out of England I think Dwights and Fuster is the name on it.. takes a good edge I know that.. my Japaneses water stones up to 4000 grit, will shave ya for sure.. Papa

-- Papa...

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 08:53 AM

A wonder for the eye and I’m sure

a pleasure in the hand

Cant beat the feeling of that first curl

from a tool you craft yourself.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Don W

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 12:26 PM

very nice. I often wonder how tools like this will be sought after 100 or 200 years from now. This will be a keeper for sure.

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

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#5 posted 08-11-2012 04:13 PM

Thanks for all the great input, I was really surprised at how uncomplicated it was to make. I am looking forward to making more.. wouldn’t mind having a whole set that I made myself… I suppose I should invest in a branding iron to mark them,, just in case they are sought after in a 100 years of so.. most likely just a hunk of fire wood by then.. haha who knows in a hundred years, there may not be any real wood available to build with. and wouldn’t that be a real shame.. Papa

Jamie, could not have said it better.. there is a real feel of accomplishment when that first ribbon folds off the wood.. sorta like wow I made this… and it works… and it works well… followed by I want to make another one…Papa

-- Papa...

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#6 posted 08-12-2012 01:18 PM

If youre gonna start taking orders lemme know … i love the quarter sawn sides. Id like to get around to making a router plane.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 08-12-2012 10:47 PM

Chrisstef—hey lets make plans to get together and we can work out one for ya.. I have a really good book on making wooden planes.. you can borrow it if you want, just shoot me your address and I will send it to ya if ya like.. Papa

-- Papa...

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