Plane Spectacular

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Project by rhett posted 05-10-2013 10:10 PM 2776 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t keep this to myself. This set of planes was made from a spalted beech. The tree was harvested from Berea College, here in Ky. It was forgotten about and left behind a building at the mill yard. When it finally got cut, POW….spalted and no spunk!. I was lucky enough to be there when the original buyer of this find had to turn it down. A friend and I bought the entire tree. The majority of my share went into a buffet table.

I believe someone is about to get their work area pimped out!

Be Good

-- It's only wood.

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 10:14 PM

Wow! Those are beautiful. Your own design?

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 10:22 PM

great planes, and great wood. The wood itself could make a beautiful wall pannel decoration.

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 10:23 PM

god they are gorgeous!!!

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#4 posted 05-10-2013 10:29 PM

The two part lamination is nothing new, the “Cadillac fins” as someone called them, and the blind pin are best I know, a new design.

We built a plane-making machine and spend 3 months ironing out the system. I believe we have developed a quick, efficient but most importantly, accurate system, for making simple wooden planes.

A great intro plane for anyone interested in making shavings. In the right hands, a concert instrument.

-- It's only wood.

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 10:36 PM


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#6 posted 05-10-2013 10:44 PM

Nice set … looks great.

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 12:13 AM

Those are just plane sexy.

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#8 posted 05-11-2013 01:13 AM

Nice planes…I graduated from Berea in 2000.

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#9 posted 05-11-2013 02:15 AM



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#11 posted 05-11-2013 08:45 AM

very nice, you are lucky to find it.

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#12 posted 05-11-2013 12:03 PM

I have enough beech left for two more sets….. Or a hall table.

Thinking that I might take a cue from the bourbon industry and do some non-ash “small batch” sets of planes. Full sets from choice boards. I have a large piece of curly hard maple that would make an awesome set also. The “Tiny Ash” 1” plane will only be available in the “small batch” sets.

These planes, as with all the ones being made now, feature the flattened stainless pin. As was suggested by an Australian plane maker.

Be Good

-- It's only wood.

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#13 posted 05-11-2013 12:31 PM

That is just “plane” peachy!

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#14 posted 05-11-2013 01:17 PM

so along with Nice Ash we now have Bitchin Beech?

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#15 posted 05-11-2013 01:46 PM

I’m going to name this set after my ex-wife….Crazy Beech

-- It's only wood.

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