2013 plane swap

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Project by Tugboater78 posted 314 days ago 946 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my humble contribution to the plane swap that i sent off to jordanp. It is a smoother, made of cherry and maple with a bronze wedge pin 50 degree bed.

Never made one before, or even played around with a wooden hand plane before i made this. It was fun making this, learned alot and made a few others that didn’t pass the cut. Will take what i learned and will be making another couple in the future am sure. shaped with rasps and chisels with a light sanding after. Rubbed in BLO 3 times and some Johnsons paste wax for a finish.

I went to visit Rhett at Nice Ash Planes shortly after signing up, to pick up the blades i wanted. I spent a few hours checking out his operation and he showed me how he to make a Krenov style plane. Was a fun visit, he loaded my small car up with a bunch of cutoffs , when i left, and those were used for this.

Jordan sure seems to like it

Thanks Don for organizing this, was a great experience!

p.s. had better pictures but been having phone issues and lost them after i sent it off

edit: you can probably notice one of my protoypes in the main pic, walnut and reclaimed red oak, the glueup was fubared and woulda took to much work to fix the many small problems so it sits on a hutch in my living room as a reminder of what not to do

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

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#1 posted 314 days ago

Sweet, gotta love figured maple.

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#2 posted 314 days ago

Looks cool! You’re pretty lucky having Rhett nearby.

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#3 posted 314 days ago

excellent. Very well done.

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#4 posted 314 days ago

Another beauty. Great maple. Yes, build more.

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

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#5 posted 314 days ago


-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#6 posted 314 days ago

And another… Beautiful plane!

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

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#7 posted 314 days ago

Beautiful—love the curly maple and figured cherry!

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

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#8 posted 314 days ago

Nice plane, Justin. I like how your front bedding angle is curved…nice touch.

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

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#9 posted 314 days ago

Great job, Justin. Beautiful wood choices.

-- "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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#10 posted 314 days ago

Beautiful plane Justin! The finish really makes that maple pop!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 314 days ago

Nice looking plane!

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

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#12 posted 314 days ago

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 314 days ago

Nice-looking plane. The curly maple looks great. I like the curve on the toe piece for easy chip clearance. I’m jealous of your nice ash planes visit… seems like it would be informative.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#14 posted 314 days ago

Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 314 days ago

The curve was a collaborative idea Rhett and I came upwith, I can’t take all the credit for it, , . When we were talking about design and mixing it up a bit to make something unique. Glad you guys like it.

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

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