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The Really Ugly Frog Plane.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 05-17-2013 05:21 AM 1115 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have decided I only need two or three groove sizes for all of my woodworking so a plane with a fixed fence and cutting depth works well for me. This one is based on the Japanese style with the two knickers projecting up from the body near the front and the main blade towards the rear. Needs to be pulled rather than pushed. The shape of the frog is based on a Vietnamese garden sculpture I saw while traveling.

I try to keep some consistency in the look and feel of each of the various plane types that I make. This series will all have a different frog carved into the front. It is a working plane so its not feasible to go mad with the design and add a lot of intricate detail. The tool has to be able to take the knocks and be comfortable to hold. Consequently I have gone for a stylized creature that looks somewhat like the real thing but will be sturdy. It had the seal of endorsement from my two little Granddaughters who refuse to look at the frog because they think it is too ugly. I told them that it would turn into a Prince if kissed but they are much too clever to fall for that old chestnut.

The wood is Jarrah, I made the blades and also all the tools to do the carving. Everything was done with hand tools.

-- RusticJohn





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 11:51 AM

Wow, very nice. This is an excellent piece of work. I’m curious about the two knickers: one would be to score the cut at the edge of the blade farthest from the fence, so what does the second one do? With the permanent fence, I’m assuming this plane only cuts rabbits or rebates on the edge of boards. Perhaps addition photos could clear this up, but in any event, great work, nice detail, excellent craftsmanship.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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jap

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 12:16 PM

nice job

-- Joel

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 12:46 PM

So cool man, great little plane!

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

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parkerdude

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 04:40 PM

Nothing ugly about this!

Is this a “drawer bottom plane”

I love shop made tools, hand-planes in particular.

I’ll have to place you in my watch list.

Good Luck!

later,

-- dust control

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RusticJohn

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 09:03 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. The plane will cut a rabbet/rebate in a little from the edge. There is the fence, a gap and then the sole of the plane with the blade and the knickers. The knickers are held in place by friction. They are slightly tapered towards the tip to create the holding force. If they ever become loose then slightly bending them also creates the necessary holding power.

-- RusticJohn

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bobasaurus

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 10:01 PM

This is a fantastic-looking plane. Your frog is beautiful in my mind. Excellent carving work, and it looks like a nice user. I wish I had one too… someday I’ll try making a wooden plane.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 11:20 PM

Planes like this are easy to make. Just the basic Krenov design with a bit of carving.

-- RusticJohn

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 05-18-2013 12:34 AM

John, I’d love to see a blog about how to make one of these dado planes if you ever felt the inspiration! At least the basic laminated construction part.

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

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 09:35 AM

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#10 posted 04-15-2014 02:19 AM

Man, this is AWESOME!

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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