Some planes I've made

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Project by mds2 posted 05-08-2013 12:58 PM 2441 views 16 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making planes 2 years ago this month. Long before I knew how to use one. I was inspired by an article in WOOD mag. Initially it was a way for me to use and experiment with lots of different types of exotic woods that I could by in small quantities from a local hardwood supplier. And a way to try new techniques on small projects. The way these planes are constructed is super simple, just a laminated center section with the bed cut the desired angle, and then two more pieces laminated on the outside.

I use most of these planes daily, especially the one in the first picture. It is made of Ziricote, bloodwood, and Cocobolo. The mouth is pretty wide open and I use it as a scrub plane for just for general shaping. The small planes both push and pull easily and fit my hand like an old work glove.

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 01:15 PM

All of these planes are really great looking. I’m taking a seminar in a few weeks at Lee Valley on building your own plane and I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 01:27 PM

very nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 01:29 PM

Very nice good looking yet functional shop made tools. Really nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 02:06 PM

Beautiful plan,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 02:26 PM

I really like the first and sec. from last they are all nice looking planes, nice work…BC

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 03:33 PM

Gotta love the racing stripes. Beautiful tools.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 05-08-2013 04:07 PM

Awesome looking planes… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 04:18 PM


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#9 posted 05-08-2013 04:59 PM

Beautiful work. I’m very impressed. Out of random curiosity, have you tried making a shoulder plane?

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 05:06 PM

Ooh, love these! Especially the one made with lacewood (if I’m not mistaken…). I started using a plane just recently and I can honestly say, it wasn’t easy, but I definitely won’t give up!

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#11 posted 05-08-2013 05:09 PM

Nice Set there !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 05-08-2013 05:23 PM

garbonsai, I never have, but now you have me thinking about it.

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 05:30 PM

Really nice. One of these days I need to try to make one of these.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#14 posted 05-08-2013 05:35 PM


I am hoping to make a plane or two here in the next few months. I actually have been considering making a high angle smoother with a 2 3/8” blade. I don’t have any experience making planes, but do you think the high angle combined with the wide blade would put too much stress on the plane when used?

Also, have you ever come across any lever cap methods on wooden planes other than the wedge technique?

Beautiful planes, even better that they are functional as well!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 06:23 PM

I dont think you would have a problem, but I am far from an expert. My best is advice is to try it and see what happens. Experimenting is fun.

The only thing I have ever used is the wooden wedge. Never even attempted anything else, or used a chip breaker. But I have never had a problem with the wedge either. It does hold the blade very, very firmly.

My theory is if I’m going to make something, I might as well try to make it look cool.

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