My first Plane

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Project by John Cobb posted 11-19-2013 02:53 AM 2094 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So was my first attempt at a wooden plane. It’s made from walnut and birds-eye maple with a buck brothers blade that i had on hand. This project was tons of fun to build and surprisingly it works great! I really thought that it would end up being a really nice looking paper weight but I surprised myself when the thin shavings came off with ease. It’s more of a smoothing plane with a 57 degree angle on the blade and I put a teak oil finish on it. Also on a side note this was also my first attempt at making my own dowel rod which also worked better than expected. Thanks to all the folks who commented on my question on where to get started on this project. All the resources were very helpful.

-- John Cobb

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 03:02 AM

Beautiful plane nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 03:40 AM

Wow! , what a beautiful plane., almost to pretty to use. Excellent craftsmanship. By the way, how did you make your own dowels?. Did you use a one of those dowel maker plates, or a lathe?.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 03:59 AM

I got a piece of steel, drilled the size hole I wanted for a dowel, then took a file and filed grooves around the top of the hole kinda like teeth for a saw. I took my wood and ripped it down to 3/8” x 3/8” square, took a knife and made a point on one end to get it started in the hole. Chucked up my stock in a drill and drilled it through the hole. I will say if you round over the edges a little it would probably work even better. I had a little trouble with the stock being square, but all in all it worked pretty well. I kept the wood in my drill to sand it down and may have gotten just a bit carried away. The dowel ended up being about a 64th shy of 3/8” so I would also suggest drilling a test hole to make sure you get a tight fit. Hope this was helpful. If you need more of a visual go on YouTube and look up make your own dowel they should have a how to. If I can find it I’ll post a link.

-- John Cobb

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 04:21 AM

Congrats John.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 04:56 AM

That is a sweet looking plane and it looks like you got some fine shavings. I like the racing stripe pattern with the contrasting woods.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-19-2013 09:40 AM

What a fine plane.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 10:45 AM

Very nice looking plane and it loooks like it does some very nice fine shavings…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 02:20 PM

Beautiful plane. Well done.

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

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 02:32 PM

Amazing. I clicked on this expecting to see something that looked like somebody’s FIRST ATTEMPT at making a plane. Impressive. I wish my firsts turned out this well.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#10 posted 11-19-2013 03:00 PM

Looks awesome John, well done. Love the Birdseye.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#11 posted 11-19-2013 03:02 PM

Sweet job.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#12 posted 11-19-2013 04:19 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 11-19-2013 04:40 PM

A lot prettier than my first go at it. Very nice.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#14 posted 11-19-2013 06:58 PM

Excellent job.. Frist one??


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#15 posted 11-19-2013 10:14 PM

Very handsome looking plane!
Would have been impressive had it been your 10th go at planemaking ,-)

-- Jacob

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