A Plane With Teeth

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Project by shipwright posted 01-17-2014 10:45 PM 2570 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new toothing plane. I’ve been meaning to make one of these almost since I started doing marquetry but now that I’m a newborn in the hand tool world I guess this is the appropriate time for teething. The hard part of building one of these is finding an iron. I was lucky enough to get this one from Patrick Edwards at ASFM. It is “new old stock”, never used but made 40 years ago. The body is Osage Orange and the wedge is Mesquite.

If you look at the last photo you can see that there is an area toward the left side that is untouched. That is likely a little end dip left by a planer and the toothing plane has clearly identified it as a low spot. My main use for this tool will be truing (solid) substrate surfaces before pressing veneer. A low spot like the one in the photo would telegraph through the veneer and show up on a polished finish.

Thanks to Douglas for posting this link to Charles Hayward’s book “How to Make Woodwork Tools”.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 11:16 PM

Nice plane. Also, thanks for the link for the “How to Make Woodwork Tools” book.

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 11:55 PM

Yikes. That is cool.
And you put in the logo this time. Looks great.

It will be interesting to see how it works for you as the years go by.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 12:11 AM

Nice, Paul. Thnx for the link as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 12:34 AM

Nice job forming that out Paul.
Looks like it works great too.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#5 posted 01-18-2014 01:10 AM

Very cool!

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#6 posted 01-18-2014 01:19 AM

Beautiful work Paul, nice to see the logo on it :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 01-18-2014 01:25 AM

what a beautiful plane, enjoy this, im sure there is going to be more to come, i really do think hand tools is the really right way to work wood…really do…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 01-18-2014 02:04 AM

Looks good, Paul…

... how does it eat? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 01-18-2014 03:41 AM

Paul, those big tooling guys must hate the like of you ::)).
Thing is this probably looks better than what you can buy, looks like really nice tool.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 01-18-2014 04:12 AM

Looks great, Paul. What is the TPI of the blade?

-- "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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#11 posted 01-18-2014 07:13 AM

Nice looking plane Paul!!!! You can never have enough tools!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#12 posted 01-18-2014 10:26 AM

Looks wonderful now that it’s finished up so nice Paul. I’m sure that it will get a lot of use with your marquetry work.I still think it easy enough to just file teeth into a regular plane blade with a small triangular file.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-18-2014 02:02 PM

A great tool. You will find it a pleasure to use I’m sure.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 01-18-2014 03:06 PM

Another beauty Paul. At first I thought you were saying the last picture demonstrated a problem with the blade. Then I re-read it and the light bulb came on. I get it, I think. After the surface is fully abraided and there are no low spots (as in the last picture) is that when you apply/adhere the veneer? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 01-18-2014 03:15 PM

JayT, the blade is 1 1/2”, 33 teeth =. tpi. Candy, that’s right. It identifies and removes irregularities as it “tooths” the surface for better adhesion.

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

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