Jointer Plane

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Project by gtpreacher posted 08-21-2012 02:37 AM 2599 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently attended a session at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, NC, and made this jointer plane. It’s all hand tool work, of course, and I learned quite a bit about the theory of plane design and construction. I also used tools that I had never used before, such as the planemaker’s floats and scraper chisel. The instructor for the course was Bill Anderson, who is pictured in the center of the next-to-last photo. Roy, shown in the last photo, was there in the shop two out of the three days preparing wood for a class that he was teaching the following weekend. It was a great experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about working wood with hand tools. Getting to know fellow woodworkers from all over the country was a real treat as well. In addition to the workshop on the main floor, there is a shop upstairs where you can buy vintage hand tools. It’s all open to the public. Anyone traveling nearby ought to stop in and look around.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 02:49 AM

Nice, sounds like fun, and a great parting gift too!

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 01:29 PM

Man, wish I had thought of going to Pittsboro last summer when I was in North Carolina. There’s nothing like using tools you made yourself, and it looks like you’ve got a keeper there!

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 02:13 PM

That does look like a very nice plane you made there. I would love to do something like that (make a plane, and attend one of the woodwright’s school classes).

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 04:56 PM

That is a great plane. What iron is in there.

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 05:09 PM

very nice

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 12:02 AM

Sounds terrific, still want to get down there from NJ. Bill Anderson and Roy are amazing talents and great guys.
Thanks for posting!

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

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