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Project by Don Broussard posted 311 days ago 1256 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this a “junior jointer” plane. It’s made of purpleheart wood that served with the US Army in Afghanistan as supports for outriggers on heavy equipment. It’s just under 18” long, 2-3/8” wide, and about 2” tall and made of purple heart, including the wedge and pin. IIRC, the plane weighed about 3 pounds. Bed angle is 50 degrees and the toe angle is 60 degrees for shavings ejection. Iron is a Nice Ash, 1-1/2” wide, hollow ground with a 25 degree bevel. I installed a strike button on the front—I embedded a 2013 penny under the strike button. The mouth is square to the plane’s edges and cuts well, even though the mouth is a bit wide. The plane’s top edges were rounded over with a 3/4” roundover bit on a router table. I also included a front strike button for depth adjustments. I filled the package with shavings from the plane on ash and pine.

I made the fitting of the iron a bit too tight. With the change in humidity from south Louisiana to Las Vegas, NV, the iron doesn’t fit the opening. I wanted it to fit tightly to avoid side-to-side movement, but I made it too tight. Sorry ‘bout that, Paul!

Hammerthumb, JayT and terryR all have shop-made tools from that batch of purpleheart now. Y’all are “connected”.

Inspired by this plane swap, I am now working on two additional planes: a jointer and a high-angle smoother.

-- 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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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 311 days ago

That’s a gorgeous jointer plane.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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JayT

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#2 posted 311 days ago

Nice job, Don. The penny is a cool touch.

-- "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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terryR

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#3 posted 311 days ago

Don, love your plane! Thanks for the story about where the wood came from…I had no idea!

Cannot thank you enough for tha sweet marking gauge…it’s a bit more scratched up now. I tried to include it in my photos from the swap, but that purpleheart is so dark. LOL

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

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 311 days ago

Really cool plane. Well done.

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#5 posted 310 days ago

Wood with a history of service and a great plane! Beautifully well done Don!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 310 days ago

This plane is really cool, a very versatile style of plane.

-- 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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#7 posted 310 days ago

That thing is sweet Don. I love the story of the wood and I really like the penny idea, wish I’d thought of that…

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

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#8 posted 310 days ago

Great looking plane with interesting history and nice touch with the 2013 Inlayed penny.

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

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Tugboater78

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#9 posted 310 days ago

thats a nice plane, love the darkness of the wood. Girlfriend loves it too

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

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bobasaurus

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#10 posted 310 days ago

That is one enormous piece of purpleheart and a beautiful plane. The curves of the sides look really clean and the strike button is a good idea.

-- Allen, Colorado

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7Footer

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#11 posted 310 days ago

Very nice Don, looks awesome.. And what the others said about the penny, great idea.

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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Rick M.

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#12 posted 310 days ago

Even at 18” it looks like a beast. Nicely done.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Don W

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#13 posted 310 days ago

That’s a lot of purpleheart. Well done. It will be tough to use it and not smile.

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

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#14 posted 310 days ago

Nice. You made a beauty.

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

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#15 posted 310 days ago

Great plane. Purpleheart is great for tools, I use it all the time. I really like the junior jointer idea. I might have to borrow it.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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