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Project by GMatheson posted 181 days ago 1136 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the plane I made for Mark Kornell. It is a 55* high angle plane based of the Home-Made Smoothing Plane form Charles Hayward’s book “How To Make Woodwork Tools”. It has a Maple body with a Walnut tote. It was all done with hand tools except for the rough shaping which put the bandsaw to work. The iron and lever cap were rescued from a #5 parts plane and the finish was Danish Oil and wax.

Here are a few in progress pics.

Before I sent it out I gave it a little workout and was getting some decent shavings.

Now for the sad news…..Mark only got to play with it for a few minutes before the threaded insert for the lever cap screw popped out. I guess the insert wasn’t the best choice for this particular application. Hopefully Mark can fix it. Maybe plugging the hole and using a long screw will give it a little more holding power.

-- 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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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 181 days ago

Really nice looking plane, love the tote.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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bobasaurus

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#2 posted 181 days ago

Really unique design and a neat-looking plane. Is the tote an extension of the bed? Using an existing lever cap is pretty clever. Is adjusting it similar to a wedged plane?

-- Allen, Colorado

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 181 days ago

Great looking plane.

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

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GMatheson

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#4 posted 181 days ago

The tote is an extension of the bed. It gives the iron as much of a mating surface as a frog on a metal plane. To adjust it I had the lever cap screw set just tight enough to hold the iron in place. I start with the iron set really light and tap it with a hammer until the blade was just peeking through the mouth and then I gave the screw a 1/4 turn to tighten everything up.

-- 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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Mauricio

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#5 posted 181 days ago

I’m a sucker for toted wooden smoothers. I love it. Funny that your plans came from Charles Hayward’s book, thats where my plans came from. Hint Hint, my recipient hasnt gotten it yet so I cant say.

Sucks that it broke but very fixable, just glue in an oak dowel and put a long screw in, it will be like new.

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

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 181 days ago

How much would a LN bronze lever cap cost to put on that thing? That would set it off huh? A little bling!

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

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Don W

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#7 posted 181 days ago

This is pretty cool construction. (I know, my kids tell me nobody says “cool” anymore) but I really like it. I almost built one with a metal cap to. Great to bring back an old Bailey design. I wish I could find out what he used for an insert.

-- 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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GMatheson

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#8 posted 181 days ago

Are you trying to say my silver glitter spray paint isn’t enough bling Maur?

-- 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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Mauricio

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#9 posted 181 days ago

LOL, you gave yourself away man, I had no idea you spray painted the cap.

Tell the truth man, you know you tried the LN cap on that 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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Don W

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#10 posted 181 days ago

you know you tried the LN cap on that plane.

I’ll even bet there is a picture.

-- 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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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 181 days ago

Very nice looking plane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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GMatheson

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#12 posted 181 days ago

I’ll be honest. I never even thought to try the LN cap on. Now I wish I did. The cap I used was originally a gold color but had a bit of rust on it. I think it looks better with the silver. The original was kind of washed out but the maple a bit.

-- 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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JayT

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#13 posted 181 days ago

Quite the looker, Gmat. I bet Mark gets it functioning again pretty soon, he sure seems enamored with it.

-- "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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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#14 posted 181 days ago

What a beauty. Il’l swap planes with you any day!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Mark Kornell

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#15 posted 181 days ago

Yes, my bad is eminently fixable. I’ll drill out a larger hole, maybe 1”, and plug it with something super hard like jatoba. Then drill out for an insert with a deeper thread.

I like the silver cap. Pretty sure a bronze cap would clash with the yellow tones of the maple.

Awesome plane, Greg. Thank you.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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