Rosewood Smoothing Plane

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Project by Philip Edwards posted 2270 days ago 3103 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HI Folks
Thought you’d like this one – it’s a Coffin Smoother made from Santos Rosewood. It has a 2 inch wide, 1/8th thick O1 blade, bedded at 60 degrees. It also has a really tight mouth. Finish is boiled linseed oil followed by many coats of shellac.
The plane was made for British Woodworking teacher, David Charlesworth.

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#1 posted 2270 days ago

Cool Plane, beautiful wood. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 2270 days ago

nice plane! i think that you should do a blog on just making a smoothing plane like this. i think that would be really nice. thanks for the post!

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#3 posted 2270 days ago

Cool Plane

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 2270 days ago

I met David Charlesworth at a boxmaking conference in Carlisle a few years ago. He’s a top man – really knows and understands planes.

What a beautiful plane Philip.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 2270 days ago

Beautiful plane. I like your initials embossed in it as well. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 2270 days ago

Very Solid Plane, does it cut as keen as it looks?

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#7 posted 2270 days ago

Another nice plane. I like the wood you used. Good job on the finish great looking plane.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#8 posted 2270 days ago

Looks like this one may just work – really well! Can’t imagine you’d send it out to David Charlesworth any other way! Beautiful! Nice tight grain.

I just made some winding sticks with the same timber. I really liked how it worked. What method do you use to prepare the surface for finish? Plane, scrape, sand? combo?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 2269 days ago

Beautiful Plane, Interested to know how much David Likes it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#10 posted 2269 days ago

Lovely, simple and exquisitely executed. Bravo.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 2269 days ago

Nice clean design. Great job!

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

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#12 posted 2267 days ago

Great Plane. What is next on the drawing board?

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

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#13 posted 2267 days ago

Many thanks for the kind comments! Glad you like her :)

Dorje, I scrape than sand with 320 grit. On the end grain I used a ROS to help a little.
Kipster, David was over the moon with it. We recently shared a bench for two days at a Woodworking show and he demonstrated the plane, taking sub-thou shavings all day. Kinda made me proud ;)

Wayne – here we go.......

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