|Project by WMD2006||posted 11-10-2013 09:59 PM||2049 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
Confession: I’ve never been a plane aficionado. I have a tiny block plane from my grandfather that I kept around for light trim work and a Lee Valley because it looks cool.
I had a large figured walnut turning blank sitting around without a purpose so after seeing some wood planes online I decided to build my own. The blade is a 2” #5 from my Groz bench plane which hadn’t seen much use in a while. I might switch it out with something better in the future.
The dimensions are roughly adapted from a plan in Fine Woodworking #196 but I think I skipped about half the steps in haste. I band sawed the sides off, cut the inner sections on a miter saw and then glued them back together with a blackwood pin built from a pen blank. I softened the edges with a rasp and then sanded to 600 grit. The base was then polished flat on my jointer bed up to 1500 and I ran the block plane to put a very minor chamfer on each lower side. After sharpening the blade and setting it straight, I’m amazed at how easy it cuts to a mirror finish.
Surprisingly fun to put together.
Finish is danish oil, spray poly and buffed-on turner’s wax.