High angle smoother -- 2013 Plane Swap

  • Advertise with us
Project by JayT posted 314 days ago 744 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

-- "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

20 comments so far

View Mauricio's profile


6809 posts in 1786 days

#1 posted 314 days ago

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

View LukieB's profile


921 posts in 965 days

#2 posted 314 days ago

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"

View ShaneA's profile


5289 posts in 1233 days

#3 posted 314 days ago

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

View bobasaurus's profile


1236 posts in 1819 days

#4 posted 314 days ago

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

View terryR's profile


3056 posts in 943 days

#5 posted 314 days ago

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

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

View CFrye's profile


2855 posts in 474 days

#6 posted 314 days ago

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

-- God bless, Candy

View 489tad's profile


2299 posts in 1646 days

#7 posted 314 days ago

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

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

View Don W's profile

Don W

14899 posts in 1202 days

#8 posted 314 days ago

Super job on everything. The plane looks fantastic.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

View JayT's profile


2188 posts in 846 days

#9 posted 314 days ago

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.

-- "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

View CFrye's profile


2855 posts in 474 days

#10 posted 314 days ago

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

-- God bless, Candy

View Don Broussard's profile

Don Broussard

1950 posts in 886 days

#11 posted 314 days ago

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!

View Tugboater78's profile


942 posts in 826 days

#12 posted 314 days ago

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"

View GMatheson's profile


423 posts in 1604 days

#13 posted 313 days ago

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

View bondogaposis's profile


2495 posts in 986 days

#14 posted 313 days ago

Nice looking plane, bet it works well too.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Hammerthumb's profile


1220 posts in 610 days

#15 posted 313 days ago

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

showing 1 through 15 of 20 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase