First Wooden Plane

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Project by ErikF posted 07-28-2013 11:14 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have thought about building my own plane after seeing them pop up as other peoples projects. I figured it would be a difficult build but after reading DonW’s how-to a few days ago I figured I would give it a shot.

I dug into my scrap pile and came up with some white oak, walnut, and hickory. I used hickory for the sole (won’t do that again), oak and walnut for the body. I ordered a Hock iron that should be here in a few days…but i had to try it out so I pulled an iron out of an Ulmia plane to give it a test drive. After a little tuning I had it making shavings. It was fun to build and I’m sure my shop will end up with 10 more.

The total length is about 16 1/4”

Pictures courtesy of my wife.

-- Power to the people.

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 12:41 AM

Looks nice. Congrats on your first plane, Erik! It looks like it works well, even with the mouth that close to the heel. What bed angle did you use?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 01:02 AM

I used a 50 degree angle. Question on the mouth location. I have seen it located in different places on different planes: japanese planes with the mouth far to the rear,others set toward the middle, and some split the difference. Would it be better off to cut this one down? Any suggestions would be great

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 02:10 AM

I’m just admiring your talent. Nice job, and it works! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 02:32 AM

Great looking plane and vey nice shavings. I made my first plane a few months ago,l and plane to make some more for myself and as gifts to my nephews.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 02:41 AM

If it works, don’t fix it.

Great job ErikF!

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 05:11 AM

First, off, looks great! Well done.

Japanese planes have the mouth toward the rear because they are meant to be pulled, not pushed. With such a short rear end, it might cause you to crown the end of the wood as you push the plane. Just something to keep in mind.

What trouble did the hickory cause? I recently made a small plane with a hickory body, and while it’s a super hard wood, I didn’t find it overly tough to work.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 12:09 PM

Thanks for the comments and info.

I didn’t like using the hickory because I wasn’t able to get a completely smooth surface for the sole. I am normally pretty careful with it but tear out is still a regular occurrence.

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 02:29 PM

Wonderful plane you have made.
As said the Japanese pull the planes (I love this).
You can read more here:
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 10:56 PM

very clean lines with great simple look
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#10 posted 07-29-2013 11:00 PM

Very nice! Participating in the hand plane swap?

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 12:08 AM

Nice job, looks great.

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