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Project by RusticJohn posted 460 days ago 1010 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small block plane I have just finished. About 150 mm long by 75 mm high and about 60mm wide. It is made out of Mahogany with an Oak sole in the shape of a stylized fish. Has a bit of a Chinese look although this was not my intention. There were a couple of problems to resolve in the construction. The bottom half of the blade is much wider than the top. I wanted a nice closed in look around the top of the plane where the blade protrudes. The traditional Krenov type pin was replaced with a rather complicated cross piece with 5 joints in the space of a 50 mm length. Rather delicate cutting out but the result seems very strong as it has good glued joints.

The Mahogany was rather coarse and stringy to carve. Its not my favorite wood for carving or making planes but it does come up nicely. I always want to get the best out of the wood I have rather than seek out the ideal piece for the purpose I have in mind. After all we can’t eat cake all the time, sometimes stale toast is OK, especially if your hungry.

The plane cuts well without any serious chocking up of the shavings in the throat. I had to do a bit of shaping on the inside to get a nice flow through.

The knife is one that I made and was used on the carving of the plane. I find that when making knives, despite using exactly the same materials and processes, 1 in 10 is just a little better than the rest. I put a nice handles on and use them as my “knives of last resort”. These are a few elite tools that will cut the most difficult of wood well. I only need them occasionally but when I do they are invaluable.

-- RusticJohn





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deon

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#1 posted 460 days ago

It looks realy cool

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michelletwo

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#2 posted 460 days ago

who wouldn’t want to plane with this beauty? super plane!

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#3 posted 460 days ago

Great work and real beauty….

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#4 posted 459 days ago

Fantastic work on the carving, looks awesome.

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#5 posted 459 days ago

That is beautiful! It’s an instant heirloom.

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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#6 posted 459 days ago

Wonderfully creative and nicely carved plane. It must be a real kick to use it. I love the knife too. I like the way you did the whipping on the blade end.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 459 days ago

Wow

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#8 posted 459 days ago

Thank you All for the comments. The plane wasn’t too hard to carve and was easier than the head on one of my tramping sticks. I don’t usually go for such elaborate carving on a plane but the people who buy them seem to prefer the looks to the practicalities of use. That said, its comfortable to use for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. Gets a bit wearing on the hands if used for longer periods. You will see some of my earlier planes are very simple in comparison. Cheers – RusticJohn

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#9 posted 459 days ago

A 2nd WOW!!!

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#10 posted 459 days ago

Not to take away from the design, but it reminds me more of a crouched FU dog instead of a fish. Very nice, in any event.

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#11 posted 459 days ago

beautiful plane, the carving is great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 454 days ago

Instant Favorite! Bravo.

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