Red Oak/Black Walnut Krenov Smoother - 2013 Hand Plane Swap

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Project by grfrazee posted 10-21-2013 01:52 PM 2117 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were many planes made for the 2013 Plane Swap, but this one is mine.

I made it of laminated red oak and black walnut in the Krenov style. The plane is about 11” long, 3” wide, and ~2lbs. The iron is 2-1/4” wide and 3/16” think for a nice, chatter-free shaving with no chipbreaker. I found the iron in the clearance bin of my local Woodcraft and was quite happy with the quality of the blade. The bed angle is 50 degrees and the mouth relief is 60 degrees.

After some playing with getting it set right, I was able to take some satisfactory shavings with a piece of ash before taking some pictures and shipping it off to Don Broussard. Don, I hope it serves you well for the years to come. This is the first plane I have ever made, so I hope it turned out satisfactorily.

Thanks to Don W. for setting up and running the swap. We’re all very thankful for your hard work in coordinating all of this.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#1 posted 10-21-2013 02:03 PM

Very cool man! Looks like a great user and I like the combination of woods. The shape looks easy on the hands.

-- 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 10-21-2013 02:23 PM

Another very nice plane for the swap. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 02:27 PM

Great looking plane! I like how you bookmatched the end grain oak on the frontal view!

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

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 02:40 PM

Looking good!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 10-21-2013 02:42 PM

Well done. I’m sure Don will enjoy it.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 10-21-2013 02:50 PM

Looks great , always fun to look at homemade tools…. Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-21-2013 02:55 PM

Looks like it will be a great user and I really like the racing stripe look on these style planes.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 03:08 PM

Nice looking plane, great work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 10-21-2013 03:38 PM

That looks like a useful plane. Is the iron a Pinnacle/IBC (my local Woodcraft tends to carry these)?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 10-21-2013 03:45 PM

@bobasaurus – not sure what brand the iron is. It didn’t have any marking on it save for the small depression near the top of the iron.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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Don W

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 05:27 PM

It looks like a great plane. Well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 10-22-2013 06:15 AM

Good looking plane and shavings! Looks comfortable too!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 10-22-2013 12:53 PM

Glenn, nice job ! It’s making some nice shavings. Hey I check that discount rack and I never seen any irons. Nice score. :-)

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

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Don Broussard

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#14 posted 10-23-2013 12:44 PM

@Glenn—Thanks for the beautiful plane! I won’t need to reshape the body, since it feels like it was made for my hands. You can say you succeeded on making your first plane. Interesting that we both test drove the plane on ash—it went through the ash with no problem at all. Thanks for including that spare laminated piece for another wedge—very thoughtful.

-- 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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