Shop built scraper plane

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Project by Chris Wright posted 11-07-2012 11:03 PM 5224 views 32 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve really gotten into making tools. I’ve made several hand planes in the past and when I decided to make my toted plane, I was searching for different pictures to work on the design. While searching I came across an online article at Popular by Nick Engler about a scraper plane he built out of scrap wood he had around his shop. So I figured I’d try to make one. I used mostly maple with some curly walnut for the sides and a piece of rosewood to set the tote angle better. Sadly the angle adjuster doesn’t work that well. I used an extra block plane blade I had laying around for the blade and it produces some nice shavings, in the case of the first picture, in rosewood. It was fun to make, and I may make another later on using a larger blade, but for now I’m pretty happy with this one.

EDIT: I meant to put the link to the article in here and I forgot, so here it is.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 11:18 PM

I would be happy also. You did a fine job. Check out the handplane thread and post this and get some ideas or just blow the socks off some of these guys…...Making your own tools is quite fun but also demanding…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 11:48 PM

That looks really nice. Well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 12:01 AM

Sweeeeett!! Super job, great level of satisfaction when using tools you built yourself. Keep up the good work.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 12:19 AM

Neat! That’s the first wooden plane I’ve seen made like a metal plane!

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 12:59 AM

looks very cool.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 01:19 AM

Great job! Making tools is so satisfying :)
- Jay

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 02:23 AM

That’s pretty cool! Never seen one like it.

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 02:48 AM


-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#9 posted 11-08-2012 03:14 AM

nice job looks sharp nice detail

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#10 posted 11-08-2012 04:18 AM

I remember reading that article (think I have it bookmarked). His actually looks pretty rough compared to yours. Very nicely done.

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#11 posted 11-08-2012 10:16 AM

Looks really nice!!

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),

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#12 posted 11-08-2012 11:02 AM

Nice! Bet that’s much easier on the hands instead of holding the scraper. Great job.

-- -- Don from PA

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#13 posted 11-08-2012 02:35 PM

That is awesome! Do you have any plans or measurements by chance?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#14 posted 11-08-2012 02:51 PM

No, I started with the blade and worked out from there. A block plane blade is typically 1 5/8” wide, so the throat is 1 3/4” wide. The rest I kinda figured out by looking at the pic in Nick’s article. Like I say, the only thing that doesn’t work is the blade angle setting, so you could possibly just set the angle and not bother with an adjuster.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#15 posted 11-08-2012 03:44 PM

Outstanding job and a very rewarding project, I’m sure.

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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