Black Walnut Block Plane

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Project by woodworker59 posted 10-02-2012 07:22 AM 1391 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is my shop made block plane, Black walnut and purple heart. it measures 5 1/4” length and 1 1/4”in width and about 2” high. it has a 3/4” chisel blade for an iron and the wedge is made from purple heart. It was made using the lamination method, cutting the sides off the block, cutting the 45 degree slope out of the middle and then reattaching the sides to the center block. I left the wedge bar long on the right side so that I could hook my finger on it during use. I use my ring finger on my right hand to hook the knob. I made it without the little black walnut knob at first, but found the small bar uncomfortable. with the addition of the knob it works great.
its small profile makes it a good little plane to drop in your apron pocket. its not going to handle anything to big, but is great for a quick edge or a chamfer. thanks for looking…..Papa

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 11:16 AM

Nice plane. If it works, then the project was a success. Enjoy.

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 11:38 AM

Nice and handy. I may have to make some miniatures someday. What did you use for blade?

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 01:23 PM

Thanks for the nice replies, it works very well. As I said, its not a big job plane, but is great for a quick chamfer or a little edge work..
Dan- I use the blade off a 3/4” chisel that I cut the handle off. I have quite a few old chisels that the handles are shop on, and are duplicates of others. So if I wanted to, could make a whole set of these from 1/2” up to 1 1/4”. the only thing I would change in the future is to try and thin out the side even more to allow the blade
to run even closer to the edge of the tool. It works fine the way it is, but think it would be even better with thinner sides. Just worried that I would lose some of the strength to the sides if it got to thin.. will have to make another one and find out.. thanks again…. Papa

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