2013 Handplane Swap

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Project by Greg In Maryland posted 10-20-2013 02:48 PM 1294 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my creation for the 2013 Handplane Swap. The body is walnut and the sole, cross pin and wedge are hard maple. I used one of Rhett’s 1 inch plane blades and pretty much followed the dimensions of the Popular Mechanics Handplane project and technique of David Finck's Making and Mastering Wood Planes. I finished it with several coats of boiled linseed oil and a few buffed coats of wax. It is about 10 inches long and 1.75 inches wide.

The only significant departure from the references above, is that I used a 5/16th inch brass rod for the cross pin. I drilled a corresponding hole though a 3/4ths square hard maple blank, epoxied it to the brass rod and shaped it as normally done. I was just having a bear of a time getting an acceptable round tenon on the end of the crosspin so I punted. It worked like a charm.

This was the first plane I made and truth be told, I was really reluctant to give it up. Fortunately, I was making a 2nd plane in parallel that is nearly finished so I will be at ease.

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 02:50 PM

Very nice Greg. I’ll admit, giving up the very first plane you ever made must be tough. But then getting another in return is so sweet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 02:53 PM

Yes Don, that is quite true. My next post is about what I was gifted!


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#3 posted 10-20-2013 02:55 PM

Very nice work for a first plane. Turned out better than mine!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 02:57 PM

Nice! Great looking shape. It’s got that shape that makes it look fast/powerful.

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 03:03 PM

Thats a really cool shape. Nice job.

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

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 03:19 PM

doh posted in wrong spot, thats a sweet plane! i want one that size :)

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 03:48 PM

Walnut and maple, nice contrast.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 03:50 PM

Nice, clean lines—looks great!

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

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 04:41 PM

Great looking plane, Greg. I love the classic lines!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 05:33 PM

I really like the lines of this plane…. beautiful!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#11 posted 10-20-2013 05:36 PM

I’ll second what ShaneA said. Looks built for speed. Great job Greg!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 10-20-2013 05:40 PM

Wow, very nice!

-- 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 10-20-2013 05:58 PM

Great job, Greg! I didn’t want to give mine up, either, so made two at the same time—It made sending one much easier.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 10-20-2013 07:14 PM

Greg, you made a fine plane here. The hybrid cross pin is a clever idea… did it seem to work well? I might have to borrow that idea.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#15 posted 10-20-2013 07:37 PM

So…as the recipient of this beautiful plane…WOW. The craftsmenship is really, REALLY nice. Especially the joining the of the body and sole – very very well done!

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

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