2013 Hand Plane Swap

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Project by RPhillips posted 283 days ago 1020 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my submission for the 2013 Plane Swap. It is a 10” smoother made from Jatoba with a Cocobolo sole constructed in a Krenov style. The iron is from NiceAsh and is set at 50 degrees. Other than resawing the first glue up, the plane was made mostly by hand. All the shaping was done with files and sandpaper. I finished it with BLO and paste wax.

I had a lot of fun building this plane and feel that I learned a lot along the way. I would like to thank everyone that contributed to Hand Plane threads to help provide the information that we needed to successfully achieve such craftsmanship. I think the biggest thing I learned is that I need to get my workbench built. Clamps and a tool cart will only get me but so far. :)

I would also like to thank LukieB for generously supplying me with this beautiful piece of Jatoba. He also packed the box full of other pieces of assorted hardwood which have really come in handy. I couldn’t have made such a beautiful plane without your generosity, Thanks.


I wanted to add these pics that Mos posted, they look better than the one I have.

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

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#1 posted 283 days ago

You did a great job, Rob! Hand shaping jatoba must have taken some patience.

-- "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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#2 posted 283 days ago

Good job. That’s a sweet little smoother.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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#3 posted 283 days ago

Very nice work, I can’t wait to get it sharpened up and making some shavings!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 283 days ago

Patience? what’s that? lol

I’d say it took about 3 beers to get the primary shape set. Luckily I had a good size bastard file that I found a t work. Then a couple nights of sanding and more filing, then more sanding, and then a little more sanding after that. Then a final sanding and finish. I also lapped the sole on a piece granite with some sandpaper to get it as flat as I could.

wish I had better pics, thought I took some, but apparently I did not. :(

luckily these were on my iphone.

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

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#5 posted 283 days ago

Mos glad you like it. Hopefully it serves you well.

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

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#6 posted 283 days ago

You are most welcome, you certainly did that chunk of Jatoba justice. Very nicely done, I love the shape of it, and the finish looks great. What did you use? It looks a little darker than the one I made outta the same board.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#7 posted 283 days ago

Beautiful in every way, the wood, the shape, everything.

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

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#8 posted 283 days ago

Nice job Rob! Great shaping. The continuity of the jatoba in the body and cheeks gives it a smoothness that is…lovely.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 283 days ago

Quality looking plane. Nice wood choices.

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#10 posted 283 days ago

Your wood choices are beautiful, and the plane really looks amazing. Was the cocobolo hard to glue to the sole, being so oily? I like the Krenov shaping.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#11 posted 283 days ago

Nice job, Rob! That is gorgeous piece of Jatoba, and a classy shape!

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

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#12 posted 283 days ago

That is nice. Woods look great. Well done.

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

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#13 posted 283 days ago

i’m running out of adjective to describe these planes. This one is fantastic.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 282 days ago

Thanks for the kind words… I guess it’s not too bad for a wood working noob. :P

I wiped the Cocobolo down with Mineral Spirits and then applied the glue and it seems to have bonded fairly well. Thankfully, I learned that I needed to do that from our Hand Plane Knowledge thread.

The finish is about 3 light coats of BLO and then a couple applications of paste wax. First time using BLO, I just wiped it on with a shop towel, same with the paste wax.

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

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#15 posted 282 days ago

love that wood, beautiful plane!

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

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