Hand made block plane

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Project by dustyal posted 10-14-2012 01:22 AM 2099 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mason Dixon Woodworkers hosted another of our infamous workshops. Led by LJ’er Ed Nock, we created our own block planes.

We had about 10 of us making block planes at same time. We heat treated the steel blade, ground bevel and sharpened. We even stamped our initials in the blade. The wood is maple and purple heart. I added tung oil to mine. Plane works fine… can be a bit tedious to adjust cut depth, but that goes with practice.

The plan comes from John Wilson's book, Making Wood Tools.

Ed did a great job in organizing the workshop enabling us to complete our block plane in one day. He did a great job in making a jig for cutting the angles for the toe and heel pieces and having the blade steel precut to length. Hats off to him for his organization, preparation and jig making.

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

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 01:59 AM

Looks good

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 03:02 AM

Sharp looking block plane sir! What are the dimensions? I really like the extra support behind the blade, good grip and less chatter. Blade looks beefy too – very nicely done.

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 04:23 AM

Al: Great job and the first posted. Both of my sons had a great time. I’ll need to get ours posted.

Thanks to Ed and his leadership and for Pat and his shop.

-- 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 10-14-2012 04:47 AM

Beautiful block plane Al.

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 12:44 PM

Great looking plane.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 01:56 PM

Chris: It is about 5 3/4 long; 2 wide; 1 1/2 tall body. Yes, good thick blade—1/8 thick by 4 long. Feels better to use than my Stanley iron block plane.

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

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