Buck Rogers Inspired Wood Smoother Plane

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Project by Woodbridge posted 01-10-2014 03:05 AM 3300 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I posted a review about the new Veritas Wooden Plane kit. Additionally a number of LJers have posted or blogged about the 1950’s era ””Millers Fall Buck Rogers” plane”. These planes a very cool looking and since it is unlikely that I will ever own one I decided to make a reasonable facsimile. I took the plane hardware from my earlier plane and set to making my own Buck Rogers style smoother.

I already had a number of wood plane body blanks glued made up from various pieces of shop leftover and found this maple and mahogany one that was just about the right size. The maple is left over hardwood flooring and the mahogany is old door jambs salvaged from a home renovation project. I turned a mahogany knob and shaped a mahogany tote. The tote is attached to the plane body by a mortise and tenon joint.

The blade is 1 5/8 s inches wide and the plane is about 11 inches long. Its a little on the long side for a smoother but I was reluctant to remove too much wood from the plane body.

It took about 6 hours over two days to make this plane and the nice fresh bed of mahogany, maple and cherry shavings.

Its not perfect, but the good thing is I can always keep the plane hardware, throw out the body and make a new one.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 03:07 AM

Shavings are amazing , nice work hope its a lasting worker…BC

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 03:16 AM

That is really awesome, just looking at the thumbnails for the projects I saw it and said to myself hey look at that nice millers falls buck rodgers. Upon closer inspection… beautiful plane and shavings too. Really eye catching design for sure.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 03:49 AM

Cool, your expanding your talents.

-- CC, Richmond Hill, Ontario

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 04:13 AM

That is one “out of this world” plane! Nice work!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 05:53 AM

Lovely shavings Peter.
Nice looking plane too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 07:47 AM

Like it. I vote for much more space age design in tools!

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

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 09:45 AM

Beautiful plane and it does have that Buck Rogers look to it. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 11:41 AM

Very cool.

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#9 posted 01-10-2014 12:59 PM

That is really great.

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

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#10 posted 01-10-2014 02:03 PM

very cool

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#11 posted 01-10-2014 02:54 PM

This looks amazing. Well done.

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#12 posted 01-10-2014 02:58 PM

Very well done!

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#13 posted 01-10-2014 03:52 PM

Nice looking plane.

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#14 posted 01-10-2014 03:53 PM

Fantastic. I like it better than its namesake.

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#15 posted 01-10-2014 03:55 PM

nice looking plane, could use some lightning bolt inlay on the sides though lol

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