Plane Making Tools

  • Advertise with us
Project by Brian posted 12-16-2013 04:50 PM 2515 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here a a few tools I made for plane making. I used 3/16” and 1/8” tool steel from Amazon, (which ended up being Starrett brand). The floats were fun to make, if anyone wants me to make a set for them just drop me a line and fifteen or twenty thousand dollars and I’ll get them right out to you. ;-)
I went through a few files and many hours shaping the teeth. I decided not to heat treat them so that they’ll be easier to sharpen in the future. The handles are Sapele.

The chisel is a design I borrowed from Joe McGlynn’s website. I thinned down the steel on my belt sander checking frequently to ensure I got it to 1/10”. I then heat treated the steel using a blow torch and some peanut oil for quenching. I used an old toaster oven found at a yard sale and to temper the steel. One hour at 325 degrees and the hardness seems good. The handle is Cambara.

This was my first time heat treating, and after reading everything I could online and in Ron Hock’s “The Perfect Edge”, it was pretty easy and straight forward.

I’ve started my first moulding planes, and so far the tools work very well.


-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

5 comments so far

View slapdash's profile


108 posts in 2428 days

#1 posted 12-16-2013 06:03 PM

That is crazy cool

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

View whitewulf's profile


454 posts in 3141 days

#2 posted 12-16-2013 11:09 PM

A little confused, are they hardened or not?
IMHO I was going to say, they would last longer between sharpenings.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

View Don W's profile

Don W

19018 posts in 2771 days

#3 posted 12-17-2013 12:29 AM

So you’ve made the tools to make the tools. Excellent.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

View Brian's profile


31 posts in 3548 days

#4 posted 12-17-2013 11:45 AM

Whitewulf The floats are not hardened, but the chisel is. I read pro’s and con’s for hardening the floats, mostly that the filed floats would probably warp slightly during the heat treating, and since I would aneal them to about the same hardness as a saw plate the difference between that and the stock hardness of the tool steel wasn’t worth the hassle. Of course over time I may find that I want them to last longer, if so I can pop the handles off and harden them then.

-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

View jdh122's profile


1053 posts in 3022 days

#5 posted 12-17-2013 01:17 PM

Very cool. And making planes the traditional way rather than as bandsaw boxes must be a lot of work but rewarding. I love the forge setup in the last picture.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics