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Project by Hammerthumb posted 10-21-2013 06:31 PM 1325 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the letter I packed with the plane I sent to JayT for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap:

JayT,

Here is my attempt at a wooden jack plane. It is made of Brazilian Cherry in a traditional style. Blade bed angle is 47degrees and is a little over 14.5” long. I used a 2” Nice Ash blade. I cambered this to about a 10” radius. Sharpened to 6000grit and then stropped with green compound. I left the throat a little on the tight side as I did not know how the recipient intended to use it.

I made the handle with a 3 piece lamination. The center lamination has grain running vertical. I would hope that it would never break as the lamination makes it real strong. The handle was mortised into the body. I then shaped the handle into the body. The grip might seem a little short, but I made the plane for the pinkie finger to rest on the side of the body where it has been beveled to accommodate. I did this on both sides as I was not sure if a righty or lefty would get it. Looks balanced as well. I did not radius out the throat as I like the lines. Chip ejection does not seem to be a problem though. I made a small indentation at the front of the plane for finger grip. Never seen a plane made this way before and wanted to try it out.

I have to tell you that I gave the plane a good workout on its trial run. I flattened my bench top using it for the main portion of crosscut planning of high spots. I liked using it so much that I had started another one (got tired of giving away better tools than I have made for myself) and just need a blade to finish it off. It is very comfortable to use and I hope you like the style.

As I live in the desert, I am a little concerned with the fit of the wedge when it gets to your shop. It fits perfect right now, but I think the wood moisture content was below 6% when I made it. I recommend that you check it periodically in the first couple of weeks to see if the sole remained flat and the wedge fits. You should probably take the wedge out when not using it until it acclimates. You can re-true the sole if needs it after a few weeks also. The body is of 5 pieces of wood that I laminated (3 in the middle and the 2 sides). I think wooden planes are more stable when done this way.

The finish is dark Danish oil and 2 coats of dark paste wax that was sanded into the wood with 320grit. I finish almost all of the tools I make with oil and wax finish. They just feel right when holding them.

Please enjoy your new plane. If you have any questions or problems, please let me know.

Your LJ friend,

Paul
HammerThumb

-- Paul, Las Vegas





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Don W

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#1 posted 10-21-2013 06:37 PM

That came out fantastic. I love the lines. Laminating the tote was a great idea to.

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

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Hammerthumb

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#2 posted 10-21-2013 07:11 PM

Thanks Don. It really works better than it looks. I think it looks ok, but it seams to be a little boxey looking. Does not look real fancy, but I really loved the performance.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 07:13 PM

it reminds me of a viking ship. I either disagree with the boxy look, or I like boxy, not sure which. The way you wrapped the finger hold is cool to. If you made 2 and don’t like the other one either, send it along to me.

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

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 07:13 PM

Boxy? No. Ruggedly handsome? Yes.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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JayT

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#5 posted 10-21-2013 07:31 PM

Well, as the only other LJ who has seen the plane in person, I can say it looks great and works better. The finger groove was a stroke of brilliance and makes the plane very comfortable to use. Proportions are well done and it just glides along the wood as shavings come out the top. Almost like driving a really good luxury sports car, the ride is glassy smooth, but you can feel the road and make adjustments.

Great job, Paul! Wanna make a matching smoother?

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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Hammerthumb

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#6 posted 10-21-2013 07:48 PM

JayT – you might be in luck. I think I have a few blocks laminated and cut that might be enough material to whip one up. I’ll let you know.
Don – I do have one that is almost complete. After I get it done and take it for a drive I’ll let you borrow it for an undetermined length of time. Guess I’ll have to give Rhett a call for a couple more irons.
BT – you talkin about me or the plane;-)

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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BTimmons

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#7 posted 10-21-2013 07:59 PM

I’ll leave that for you to decide!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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mafe

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 08:56 PM

Looks like a really fine hand plane from here.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mds2

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#9 posted 10-21-2013 09:09 PM

That is a very very nice plane.

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#10 posted 10-21-2013 09:46 PM

Looks like a great user. I like the “boxey” look. It has enough curviness to make it look right. The jack is a workhorse and this plane looks every bit the part.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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bondogaposis

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#11 posted 10-21-2013 10:20 PM

That’s a real nice one, good job.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 10-21-2013 10:29 PM

Thanks guys.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#13 posted 10-22-2013 12:31 AM

What great work Paul! Very well thought out.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#14 posted 10-22-2013 12:50 AM

I like the unique look of this one. Very nice job.

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JayT

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#15 posted 10-22-2013 02:13 AM

I was sorta kidding about the smoother. The jack works so darn well, though, a smoother of similar design and construction would be pretty cool. Whoda thunk that with my Bedrock addiction, a wooden plane could be so enticing.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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