First Wooden Plane

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Project by ErikF posted 398 days ago 1256 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 398 days ago

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 398 days ago

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 398 days ago

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

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 398 days ago

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 398 days ago

If it works, don’t fix it.

Great job ErikF!

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#6 posted 397 days ago

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 397 days ago

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 397 days ago

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 397 days ago

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 397 days ago

Very nice! Participating in the hand plane swap?

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

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#11 posted 397 days ago

Nice job, looks great.

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