my first plane

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Project by spoonman posted 07-06-2008 08:52 PM 1993 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

okay. I came, I saw, I pondered… and I jumped on board. I started with some 8/4 maple and planed it down to a hair over 1 5/8”. I then took some 3/4 Lyptus and planed it down to 3/8”. I cut the angles (45 and 15)on the maple and then did a glue up with the maple “sandwiched” between the two pieces of Lyptus. After drying, i took the assembly to the bandsaw and cut simple curves on the ends. After a ton of hand sanding and sweat, I drilled a hole through the plane (to make sure the holes lined up) and inserted a piece of 3/8” maple doweling. I purchased a replacement iron from a local retail home improvement store for about 3 dollars. Little tip. Buy the iron first, or make sure your plane ramp is a litlle larger than the iron you intend on using. Mine was a little snug. I used a flat file and a vise to downsize my iron a little bit. After a little time setting it up, it’s working great. Thanks for looking.

-- I came, I saw, I pondered...

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#1 posted 07-06-2008 09:00 PM

That is a very neat look plane. Well done

Makes me think I might have a chance.

What was the most difficult part?

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#2 posted 07-06-2008 09:03 PM

actually, the worst part, was the lack of a joiner… lol. I placed self adhesive sand paper on a piece of granite tile I had laying around and worked the plane over the sand paper until i got the desired flatness and opening for curls. All in all, it was a very enjoyable project and I’m looking forward to making a much longer one. (Jack Plane, I think???)

-- I came, I saw, I pondered...

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#3 posted 07-06-2008 09:21 PM

Looks really good. It looks like you enjoyed the process.

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#4 posted 07-06-2008 09:21 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 07-06-2008 11:45 PM

The Lyptus appears to race across the wood. Slamin Plane Dude! Wait till you see what I made at work on Thursday.

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 12:55 AM

Very nice; can’t wait to see your next one.

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 08:54 PM

Hi spoonman;

If I missed saying so, Welcome to Lumberjocks.

Nice plane. Looks like it works well.


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#8 posted 07-19-2008 11:30 AM

Nice looking plane. Almost has a “roman” plane appearence.

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#9 posted 08-02-2008 12:02 AM

That is a very neat look plane.Great work!

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#10 posted 08-20-2008 07:25 PM

Spoonman, the plane looks awesome for your first one. How does it handle? Being wooden, do you find that it has the weight to slide across the surface?

How do you treat the sole? Do you use wax or shellac??

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#11 posted 08-20-2008 07:39 PM

very nice hand plane, it looks like it take a nice cut.

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