Nice Ash Planes

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Project by rhett posted 04-07-2013 02:16 PM 2979 views 8 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the process of converting my furniture/cabinetry shop into a small scale production factory. This is the product myself and a handful of other woodworkers have been making. A Nice Ash Plane, made from responsibly harvested, locally grown Ash. Crafted with materials, services and talent all within our home state. The line up includes a block plane “Nice Ash”, a smoother “Smooth Ash”, a jack plane “Jack Ash” and a fore plane “Big Ash”.

There is more info at the site.

If you are a competent hand tool enthusiast and would like to review one of our planes, send me a message. We want to give a few away 4, to get the name out and hopefully garner some reviews on this and other woodworking sites. This home grown tool company is only 1 month old, so only a few woodworkers know about us.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 02:23 PM

I’m embarrassed to say that I had to read it twice before picking up on the double entendre, but it’s clear that you must have some great ash around there. Nice planes, too!!

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 02:30 PM

With those irons I’ll bet they’ll make very fine shavings with absolutely no chatter. I’d love to be one of the lucky few to get a plane. The design has a refined simple elegance that’s hard to beat.

Well done, and good luck with your new venture.

-- Paul

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 02:39 PM

Very nice looking planes my friend.
I hope you business takes off ! I think I’d like to buy one of your smoothers down the road.

Good Luck !

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 02:55 PM

Wow—-stellar looking planes! Smooth simple lines…makes you want to hold it and feel how smooth it is. Very nice work! Love the names!!

-- Steve

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 03:08 PM

Nice work great endeavor .

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 03:15 PM

Wow. Some nice looking ash there. While I am a hand tool user I would choke if I called myself competent. Those do look like some wonderful planes.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 03:20 PM

My goodness that is a thick iron. What kind of steel are you using?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 03:32 PM

The steel is a micro-grain O1, precision heat treated to Rc 61-62. We cut and rough shape the blades, then send them out for treatment. When they return, they get hollow ground and hand lapped. The huge bevel made by using 1/4” steel makes the iron a breeze to hand sharpen.

There are no chip breakers in these planes. With a 1/4” iron, it iwould be an exrecise in futility.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#9 posted 04-07-2013 03:39 PM

Good luck with this project
Your planes look good.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 04-07-2013 04:41 PM

good luck with your new endeavor. these planes look great & I like the simple lines

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#11 posted 04-07-2013 06:01 PM

Great job and very nice looking tools. I’m kind of new to using hand planes only have 4 of them. I look fwd to hearing reviews and possibly purchaasing one n the future. I love the look of these.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 04-07-2013 06:15 PM

Nice Ash and very nice planes

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#13 posted 04-07-2013 06:39 PM

very nice unfortunately for you LOL It has put me in the mood to make a few myself a thing I meant to do a while back and ever since these look to be not overly complicated and I have a pile of old planes just waiting to be robbed of parts metal etc thanks for showing let us have some prices Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 04-07-2013 07:15 PM

Very nice. I love the ash. I always love a new plane.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 04-08-2013 12:20 AM

nice planes… good look with the entrepreneurship

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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