Shop made smoothing plane

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 289 days ago 1842 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a little (big) smoothing plane I made recently. I wanted a nice high angle wooden smoother for tougher woods, and here is what I came up with.
It is made of birch, kingwood, and sports a 3/8” thick ipe sole. The wedge is also kingwood, and like the front top edges of the sides, has just a touch of sapwood that kinda blends nicely with the birch. The strike button is also kingwood.
The blade is a vintage Scottish made iron, marked “Carrick & Craig, Glasgow”. At a full 1/4” thick at the business end (tapered), I chose to go without a cap iron. The blade sits at 57 degrees and with a slight backbevel, has an effective cutting angle of about 58 degrees. The mouth is not quite as tight as I would like for a fine smoother, but it handled the curly cherry and birdseye maple I threw at it without blinking an eye. No tearout at all.
Overall I’m very happy with this plane and will likely make a matching block plane to go with it.

This one is 9 3/4” long, 2 5/8” wide, with a 2 1/8” wide iron. It’s quite hefty for a woody, I’m guessing about 3.5lbs or so.

As you can see, it left the BE maple glassy smooth!

Thanks for looking. As always, comments / questions / critique welcome.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 289 days ago

Beautiful woods. The next one I make will be a high angle. Thank you for posting.

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

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#2 posted 289 days ago

Wow! That is one beautiful plane.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 289 days ago

that’s the stuff I like, very nice work. thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 289 days ago

Good job! Very snazzy!

-- Lynn B. | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#5 posted 289 days ago

Beautiful plane!

-- Fergie in CO

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#6 posted 289 days ago

nice looking plane!

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#7 posted 289 days ago

Well done. What a knockout.

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#8 posted 289 days ago

A reak beauty! I just love these home made tools….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 289 days ago

Wonderful design! I am more a weekend warrior with mostly power tools, but I long for hand tools. I had been considering a smoothing plane as my next purchase, and was wondering about making one. What is the advantage to a high angle vs a low/standard angle?

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#10 posted 289 days ago

That is one beautiful hand plane, almost, too pretty to use. I would like to make one of those myself one day. It’s on my bucket list anyway. Nicely done. Did you build this from some plans?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 288 days ago

Very attractive plane!

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

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#12 posted 288 days ago

Fantastic-looking plane. I love the sapwood on the kingwood. The shape of the body looks very comfortable to use, too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#13 posted 288 days ago

Lovely, hope I can crank out something like that one of these days.

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#14 posted 288 days ago

kocgolf, the high cutting angle tends to reduce tear-out in figured or difficult woods, with the tradeoff that it is more difficult to push.

What’s the finish on this plane? It is lovely.

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#15 posted 288 days ago

Very nice plane, the wood is beautiful and judging by the shavings in the background it cut smoothly plus the thicker blade would add to the smoothness…excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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