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Adjustable Mouth Smoothing Plane and Hammer (2013 Plane Swap)

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Project by bobasaurus posted 182 days ago 1297 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the plane I made for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap (I slept in today… hopefully I didn’t miss the plane submission party). It’s an adjustable mouth 8 1/4” 50 degree smoother made from jatoba, hard maple, walnut for the knob, a brass pin, and some mystery wood for the wedge. The iron is an O1 steel 'half ashed' blade from Rhett at nice ash planes. The adjustable mouth is accomplished with a loose toe piece that has a threaded insert, and it moves in a slot in the fixed part of the toe. Loosening the knob allows for mouth opening adjustments, and it locks down firmly to prevent setting changes in use. I actually had to put some graphite powder between the toe pieces to keep them sliding… the finished parts kept sticking together before this, even after waxing. For the finish I applied a few coats of danish oil, then a few coats of waterlox, then paste wax buffed with a rag.

I found this plane to be surprisingly functional for being the first plane I’ve ever made. I was able to take very fine shavings in any direction with or against the grain, and it seems to hold the setting pretty well with just the wedge. I sent this plane to fellow Lumberjock bondogaposis , and he reported getting shavings down to 0.001” thick. Here are some pictures of the plane in action:


Planing some jatoba.


Planing some knotty hard maple.

Using a neat trick I learned while knifemaking, I etched the blade using an electrolysis method and my laser printer to put on my logo and some text. I sharpened the blade freehand using my shapton pro waterstones up to 15000 grit. Rhett’s blade sure takes a nice edge and holds it for a surprisingly long time for O1 steel.

So I hope bondogaposis makes good use of my plane… it was hard to send it away (like a parent sending their child out into the world I imagine). I did receive a beautiful plane from zwwizard in return, which I will post in the 2013 hand plane swap forum.

For a full build progress log and more finished pictures, visit this link:

http://imgur.com/a/f67A4

-- Allen, Colorado





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Mauricio

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#1 posted 182 days ago

Very cool! I love the adjustable mouth and the etching on the blade.

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

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LukieB

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#2 posted 182 days ago

Allen, that thing is sweet, love the adjustable idea. And the etching is one of the cooler things I have ever seen. Very cool.

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

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WayneC

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#3 posted 182 days ago

Very nice. Looks like a wonderful plane.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 182 days ago

Wonderful details, the hammer is great looking too.

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LukieB

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#5 posted 182 days ago

When Don said he would try to match sender’s and receivers by region, and you posted pictures of your progress, I was kinda hoping this one might be headed my way since we’re both in CO, LOL I know I already said this, but that thing is sweet, well done sir.

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

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489tad

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#6 posted 182 days ago

Cool plane. I like the front knob there. I think everyone will want to try etching now.

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

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terryR

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#7 posted 182 days ago

Wow, over the top, Allen! The adjustable mouth, logo on the iron, and a great mallet!

Best of Swap IMO! :)

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

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CFrye

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#8 posted 182 days ago

There is a picture of Allen in the dictionary next to overacheiver! LOL All this on your FIRST plane! WOW! I can’t wait to see your New and Improved model.

-- God bless, Candy

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Don W

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#9 posted 182 days ago

wow!!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 182 days ago

Top notch, Allen! Thanks for teaching us how to etch the iron. I might just try that on a future project.

-- 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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#11 posted 182 days ago

real nice, some neat ideas :)

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

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Tim Dahn

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#12 posted 181 days ago

Most excellent work. Too bad about the shavings only being 0.001. ;-)

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

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 181 days ago

All I can say is that this one nice plane. I’ve had occasion to use it quite a bit since it has been in my possession and it works like a dream. The knob on front is very ergonomic. I’m willing to bet if I played with it enough on the right board I could cut the shaving thickness in half from .001”. The adjustable mouth is a great feature and when I think of all of the time I spent fiddling w/ the mouth of the plane I made, I wish I would have made it adjustable. It is a great feature on a smoother. The etching is really a nice touch and the hammer is really nice, much nicer than the Lee Valley hammer that I have. Thanks again Allen, and rest assured that your “baby” is in good hands and will be used and appreciated.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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GMatheson

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#14 posted 181 days ago

The etching is really cool. Lots of goodies built into this plane. I’m really looking forward to seeing what your second and third plane will be. You set the bar pretty high with your first.

-- Greg - "I wish the first word I ever said was the word 'quote' so right before I die I could say 'unquote'." -Steven Wright

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HillbillyShooter

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#15 posted 181 days ago

Outstanding—extremely well made!

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

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