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Red's Plane for the 2013 Plane Swap

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 10-20-2013 05:21 PM 1622 views 8 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the Krenov-style plane I made for the swap. It went to Justin or LJ Tugboater78.

It’s made of hard maple, walnut, and brass for the rod. The iron is from Nice Ash Planes. Technically the length would make it a jack plane, but I use jack planes as smoothers and all sorts of tasks. So I made the mouth fairly tight and the iron sharpened straight. I figured the recipient could always open up the mouth or make whatever adjustments they like.

I had a good time making it. Definitely tried to incorporate some of my strengths. I didn’t have the heart to sign it, but anyone who’s seen my woodworking could probably guess I made this plane. The maple is bookmatched. The walnut grain intentionally flows with the contour of the plane. And the decorative square plugs are reminiscent of the A&C style.

Here’s a couple pics of the build. Typical lamination process. After I cut the rough shape on the bandsaw, I shaped it entirely with a spokeshave. That was my favorite part.


-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman





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Tugboater78

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 05:25 PM

Put her to work this morning, took a bit of getting used to her quirks but she is beautiful and puts out nicely.

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 05:26 PM

Awesome work there Red!

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

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JayT

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 05:28 PM

Fantastic plane, Red.

-- "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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#4 posted 10-20-2013 05:40 PM

That thing is straight sexy, I love it. Very nice work, I would expect nothing less from the Big Red Machine.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 05:55 PM

Lucas, stole what I was going to say, that thing is sexy! I really like the way it flows and the wood is beautiful. The square plugs are also a nice touch.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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CFrye

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 05:58 PM

Great lines Red! Love the A&C details! Beautiful. Puts me in mind of a wave.

-- God bless, Candy

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bobasaurus

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 07:01 PM

Really fantastic plane. I love the square plugs and smooth shaping. I don’t own a decent spokeshave yet, but you’ve convinced me to look into it with this build.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 08:10 PM

Great build, Red! The overall shape is sooo sweet…

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

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489tad

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 09:38 PM

Wow, what a beauty. I like the woods, plugs and the shape. Well done Red.

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

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 09:57 PM

What more can be said? The design and looks are outstanding. Bravo!

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#11 posted 10-20-2013 10:02 PM

very nice. Bringing back the Four Square logo?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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BigRedKnothead

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#12 posted 10-20-2013 10:15 PM

Thanks everyone. Sex appeal was in the back of my mind of course….lol

Don- your right, it is kinda like the four square logo.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 10-21-2013 01:08 AM

Really nice,I love the graceful lines.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 10-21-2013 02:33 AM

Beautiful plane with great grain flow in the walnut sides—love the 4-squares!

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

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#15 posted 10-21-2013 02:34 AM

Four Square’s making a comeback—nice touch there, BRK. Well put together. I agree that shaping with hand tools is a fun part of finishing up a project. I’m looking for some vintage spokeshaves now—they look like a kick in the arse to use!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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