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Project by USCJeff posted 06-05-2008 04:58 PM 2852 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pic is pretty telling. Simply a White Oak Scrap cut at 20 degrees. A W. Oak Cap secures the blade. The cap has a piece of thin oak to act as a wedge to increase holding power. Blade is honed to 25 degrees creating a 45 degree cutting angle. Plane measures about 5” long, 2” high, and 1 5/8” wide. There is a 1/4” walnut sole.

This plane can do some of the work of a shoulder or rabbet plane. It is also is excellent for glue blobs as well. I plan to add a knob to the cap, but didnt have it on hand. It’s pictured with a screw.

-- Jeff, South Carolina





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Bill Akins

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 05:01 PM

That is sweet. I would love to try and make one of those.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 05:14 PM

Looks cool! I have an iron coming in the mail soon. I may make one also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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jm82435

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 05:42 PM

This looks like it will be pretty handy, great idea.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 05:57 PM

That is neat, simple and straightforward. Bet it works really well.

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 07:38 PM

That’s cool Jeff.

What did you use for the iron?

I’d guess that you can reduce the thickness of cut by tapping this on the back with a hammer. But do you have to loosen the screw to increase the cut? I wonder if there would be a way to design such a plane so the top of the blade sticks out, and still make it comfortable to hold. That way you could use a hammer to increase the cut too.

-- johnjoiner

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USCJeff

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#6 posted 06-05-2008 07:58 PM

John: Yeah, the screw must be loosened to do much of anything in either direction. It must be really tight to keep the iron from wandering. I set it by laying it on a wooden surface and slightly tapping the iron to increase it just beyond flush. Takes a minute or so to get it right. I can change it laterally easily as the iron is flush with the sides and a tap or town fixes anything slanted. The iron was a 1 5/8” Block Plane iron honed at 25 degrees. Came from a cheap block plane that never saw much use.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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WayneC

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#7 posted 06-05-2008 11:53 PM

When I wander around flea markets, I often see cheap blades. This provides some good inspiration. Thanks for sharing Jeff.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Joey

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 12:36 AM

jeff, you’re turning into a plane making machine.
looks great

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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#9 posted 06-06-2008 05:44 PM

Jeff,

This is a nice plane. You are getting to be an expert at building these.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#10 posted 06-07-2008 10:12 PM

Good job. I am sure you will use that one alot.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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USCJeff

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#11 posted 09-14-2008 05:49 AM

Thought I’d add an update about some of m first plane attempts. This was one of the simplest. It hasn’t seen a whole of use, truthfully. I’ve really used in place of a card scraper or chisel for cleaning up glue ups after they’ve tried. A card scraper is handier in most applications I’ve found. When you need to get into a corner of flush against a right angle, this plane excels. As easy as it is to make, worth it. But at the same time, it really is an infrequent plane in MY routine.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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