Rabbeting Block Plane--Left hand, Krenov style

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Project by JayT posted 09-15-2013 06:57 PM 3261 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Frustrated with not having the perfect tool when trying to do some hand tool work on a couple recent projects, I was wanting/needing a plane that could do flush trimming, but on the opposite side of my #78. Looking at purchase options, it was either spending a couple hundred for a new Veritas or Lie-Nielsen or try to find a good vintage #10 or #10-1/2, which would not be inexpensive, either. Instead, emboldened by my experience building a plane for the current Plane Swap, I decided to attempt to build a left-hand rabbeting block plane. If it failed, all I would be out is some time and whatever was spent on materials.

Using some scrap ash and a leftover strip of 150 year old birch from my bench on a bench, here is the result. At around six inches long, 1-1/2 in tall and 2in wide, it is similar in size to my Craftsman block, shown in pic 3 along with a six inch ruler for scale. The size makes for easy one handed use. The inexpensive Stanley Defiance block iron was modified by cutting with a rotary tool and bench grinder. It is bedded bevel down at a 37 degree angle to give a similar cutting angle as a bevel up block plane, but still allow enough wood underneath for strength. Cross pin is a piece of 1/4in stainless steel rod.

It did take a bit of fiddling, scraping, chiseling, filing, etc. to get everything to work right and shavings to eject cleanly, but now works like a charm. For a total investment of $6 and a few hours of my time, I’ll take it.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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Don W

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 10:01 PM

Excellent JayT.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 10:02 PM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 10:48 PM

nice plane. I like you modification to make it a rabbeting plane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 10:56 PM

Well done, JayT! How did you put “JT” on the body?

-- 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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#5 posted 09-15-2013 11:39 PM

JT, that’s really nice. Who needs that Stanley guy anyway?

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 12:14 AM

Thanks guys. I’m not ready to give up on “that Stanley guy” yet, Tim :-)

DonB, the initials are the result of regretting not doing any mark on the tools I sent for the marking gauge swap, so wanted to find a way to personalize shop made tools. What I have ended up doing is marking the initials with 1/4in stamps then carving the marks deeper and wider with a 1/16 engraving cutter in a rotary tool. I use a flex shaft to make it easier to control. After that the initials are filled with tinted epoxy—in this case the tint is a couple drops of Metallic Copper Testor model paint.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 12:51 AM

Way to go!
That’s a super cool plane you build there.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 01:01 AM

Great Job! That’s a fine looking plane and makes fine shavings, too. Thanks for posting.

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 01:41 AM

I like this! Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 02:53 AM

Great job. Love how you did the initials in it.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 09-16-2013 01:47 PM

Thanks Mads, MM, Dan & hoss. I’m definitely not going to put any plane makers out of business, but now have the confidence that if something specific is needed, I can make it instead of buying.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 09-16-2013 02:47 PM

Great work Jay! Now I know what I’m requesting for the from Don for the plane swap. ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 09-16-2013 04:25 PM

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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