2013 Handplane Swap

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Project by Greg In Maryland posted 281 days ago 910 views 4 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 281 days ago

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 281 days ago

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


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#3 posted 281 days ago

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

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#4 posted 281 days ago

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

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#5 posted 281 days ago

Thats a really cool shape. Nice job.

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

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#6 posted 281 days ago

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

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#7 posted 281 days ago

Walnut and maple, nice contrast.

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

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#8 posted 281 days ago

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 281 days ago

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

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

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#10 posted 281 days ago

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

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

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#11 posted 281 days ago

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

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 281 days ago

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 281 days ago

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.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#14 posted 281 days ago

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 281 days ago

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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