an Updated Coffin

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Project by woodworker59 posted 10-02-2013 01:23 AM 1773 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

lets start with a great big thanks to terryR who made me this wonderful mallet in last years mallet swap..It’s quickly become my favorite mallet. It was very useful in making this coffin plane. I wanted to do one, and thought I would just dress it up a little.
this was the inspiration
It’s made of cherry and maple, and unlike the amazing craftsman of the past who built the first one. I choose to use the lamination method for mine as opposed to the carve it out method they used. I have sometimes heard of this as the” Kernov “method… I don’t know who came up with it, but I like it better.. easier.. It’s bedded at 45 degrees, and uses a 1 3/4” Iron. I was sure I had some old irons laying around from previous flea markets etc.. can’t find them anywhere… must be the age… suffering from CRS.. SO I am using a iron from your standard #3 size bench plane. The bed is nice and flat and the Wedge keeps it firmly planted. From what I have been able to tell so far, it works pretty good… have not had the time to tune it right in at this writing, but was able to produce some nice cherry shavings with it..

for the plane:

Took me about three days to put this together, did a majority of the work by hand. At least whatever was possible to do. I always enjoy making tools that I can then use, it allows me a little slice of the way things used to be.. you needed a tool, you made one.. I for one would like to do more of that.. less of running to the big store on the corner for everything.. it all goes back to time.. not everyone has the time to spend to do things
by hand, or to take the time to make their own tools.. I understand..
Rambling… okay..hope ya like the plane.. if not.. well… I’ll make another.. ....Papa

-- Papa...

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#1 posted 10-02-2013 01:26 AM

I have not yet figured out how to make these come out right.. the pics are not where I put them,, it cut things in different places.. oh well.. I tried..good thing I am better with tools… than computers.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#2 posted 10-02-2013 01:44 AM

Sweet! Nice work on the plane, the inlay adds a nice touch. Beautiful hand tool, have fun using it.

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#3 posted 10-02-2013 02:04 AM

hey papa , gla to see you sanded your way out of , well shall we say the funk of the year, well your funk, ive already had one myself, and im glad to see this plane you made, ive never done one myself, some day maybe, i will keep making open lid boxes so i can work my way out, take care amigo…

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 04:36 AM

Nice job on the plane. I believe you’re referring to James Krenov, a woodworking guru to say the least. He had a very unique unorthodox way of doing things. Google it, I think you’ll find him very interesting.

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 05:32 AM

Very nice. Much nicer than Krenov would make a plane. :)

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

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 05:11 PM

Hey Papa, great looking plane! How did you secure the brass Dowel that holds the wedge?

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 12:47 AM

Great job

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#8 posted 10-03-2013 02:38 AM

for richardwootton…used a little drop of epoxy on each end.. works like a champ.. holds it in place and is almost invisible. Thanks to all for the kind words.. yes I meant to say Krenow, its one of those names that the computer tells you is spelt wrong no matter what.. so didn’t notice I had transposed the E and the R… I agree his would not be so pretty, more utilitarian. Its just some pieces I had laying around.. I have a hard time throwing any piece of wood away.. so every once in a while I have to use some of those shorts I refuse to part with.. so here it is.. all 71/4” of her… thanks again to all…................Papa

-- Papa...

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