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High angle smoother -- 2013 Plane Swap

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Project by JayT posted 10-20-2013 05:50 PM 842 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the plane that was sent to BigRedKnothead as part of the plane swap. It is a small high angle smoother made from ash and hickory with a 1-1/2” Nice Ash iron. The iron is bedded at 60 degrees for use on extremely difficult grain. There is also a brass plug in the rear for use as a strike button, as well as adding a bit more weight to the plane. Since it is approximately the same size as a #2, there wasn’t a lot of mass to work with (you can see the size compared to a #4 and a block plane). I also included a plane hammer made from brass and red oak with a hickory handle.

The swap was my first attempt at making a plane and it took a couple prototypes before making one that was worthy of being sent out. The matching plane in pic 3 was kept for use in my own shop. Initially, I planned to shape the body more, but after testing, realized that the square shape actually helps with the small size—too much shaping wouldn’t have left anywhere for the hands. Heck, with the size of BRK’s mitts, he could probably use this as a block plane :-)

Thanks to DonW for organizing the swap and to Rhett for running the special on the Nice Ash irons and contributing a lot of helpful advice to us novice plane builders.

Thanks for looking

-- "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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Mauricio

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 06:00 PM

I need one of these, a small high angle smoother, Great work Jay!

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 06:25 PM

This is exactly what I am considering building next. It looks awesome, I really like the brass hammer too. Need to build one of those too. Got any left over brass?

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

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 06:42 PM

Amazing looking plane. I am sure it will be well used.

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 06:56 PM

That will be a useful smoother. I like the strike button… adding mass is a good idea (I was considering hiding lead shot in the body of mine but didn’t get around to it). The plane hammer is a fine tool as well. I’ve never used a 60 degree smoother… someday I’ll have to try making one.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 08:05 PM

Nice plane, JayT. I love the wood choice, and your mallet is great!

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

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CFrye

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 08:51 PM

Beautiful looking plane and hammer JayT. Making great shavings there. How did you ‘brand’ it?

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 09:35 PM

Great plane. High angle or scraper will be my next.

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

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 10:17 PM

Super job on everything. The plane looks fantastic.

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

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JayT

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 10:22 PM

Thanks for the compliments, all.

Candy, for the JT logo, I stamped the initials in the wood then used a 1/16 engraving cutter in a dremel to carve the stamp marks deeper. After that, epoxy tinted with Testor model paint was used to fill the hollows. I’ve used this method a few times now and it works really well. The hardest part is controlling the rotary cutter, but a flex shaft helps with that.

-- "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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CFrye

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 11:17 PM

Nice. I’ll have to try that. Not going to expect much with my handwriting skills tho!

-- God bless, Candy

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Don Broussard

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 01:27 AM

Nice work, JayT. I’m sure BRK is enjoying his new plane.

-- 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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Tugboater78

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

very nice, like the etching, the little engine that could!

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

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GMatheson

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#13 posted 10-21-2013 03:33 PM

Great plane. I like the size a lot. You always find small pieces that could benefit from a high angle plane but when you look in your till the only HAF plane is overkill for the little piece. It would really be nice to have a mini plane.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 10-21-2013 06:00 PM

Nice looking plane, bet it works well too.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 10-21-2013 10:51 PM

Nice plane JayT. A high angle smoother is probably the next plane I will make. Is 60 degrees to much or were you satisfied with it’s workability?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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