krenov style smoothing plane

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Project by Jeff82780 posted 05-31-2013 01:50 PM 1336 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me say that I fell in love with handplanes once I picked one up. But I never tried a wooden plane.
So I bought the mastering wood planes book and dvd by david finck to help me out with my journey. I am pretty happy with the plane , but im not getting gossamer shavings that I get with my metal planes. Maybe the mouth isn’t tight enough? also my wedge slips on me when planning. ive made 2 wedges and have got the same results from both. anyone have any ideas? I plan on making another one real soon! The plane is made from hard maple and measures 9”long by 1 3/4” wide. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 05-31-2013 02:48 PM

Great looking plane! Really good job.

My guess is the mouth is too open, but dont worry about it. On the plane I make I use a brass rod to hold the wedge in place, but I drive them in pretty darn hard. Harder than you would think, but they stay and it works. I don’t know if you would risk breaking the wooden pin you did that though.

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 06:43 PM

looks great and like it should do the job. And with tools thats kinda the purpose, but I like when tool and beauti goes together. Great job thanks for sharing.

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 06:52 PM

first, nice looking job. For the wedge slipping, sand it with 80 grit and no further. You can oil it, but don’t give is a slippery type finish. Sometime coursing up the cap and even the pin helps to.

How wide is the mouth? Are you sure your sharp?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 07:16 PM

A very nice plane. I think your problem is the wooden pin. it should probably be square in section instead of round so you can get far more contact with the wedge surface. A steel pin can be round because you can drive the wedge much harder against it, as mentioned above.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-31-2013 08:46 PM

DON- thanks, I am sure its sharp and the mouth is about 1 5/8” wide I posted a new pic to show.

stefang- thanks, actually the pin is flat where it contacts the plane.

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Don W

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#6 posted 05-31-2013 08:56 PM

the mouth doesnlt look to open, but does it close on the left side of the picture.

I also see a secondary bevel. What are your angles? If the sole is flat you should be able to get some decent shavings.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 05-31-2013 10:20 PM

The mouth doesn’t close and I think I honed the secondary at 30 degrees

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