Wood Shooting Plane

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Project by Woodbridge posted 02-01-2014 02:34 AM 5924 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately, I’ve been playing around with the new Veritas Wood Plane kit making different styles of wood planes (from scrap wood). I anticipation of a Shooting Board seminar I attended today I made this Shooting plane.

The plane is made from scrap mahogany, reused maple hardwood flooring for the sides and a wedge of cherry to skew the blade slightly (about 3 degrees). It is flat and square but everything else is roughly shaped. The blade is bedded at 45 degrees. If I make another one I might try it at 40 degrees to see if it can handle end grain a bit better. The hand position worked out well. It comfortable to use.

It cuts okay on woods like walnut and cherry and has a bit more difficultly with harder end grain. Comparing it to my Veritas Bevel Up Jack Plane it does not have the same heft so it does not power through the wood quite as easily. Perhaps some lead weights inserted into a plug hole would increase the mass.

The knob can be moved to the front to use the plane in a normal orientation.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 02:41 AM

Looks like your really getting into hand work? Wife might appreciate the quiet? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 03:07 AM

The plane looks great and the whisper shavings attest to its effectiveness.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 03:35 AM

Great project…..always good to see self made planes.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 04:27 AM

Ingenious, and very well executed. For more heft, maybe something exotic like ebony? Very hard, and very heavy as wood goes.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#5 posted 02-01-2014 11:41 AM

very very cool. thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 12:30 PM

Nice. It looks great.

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

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#7 posted 02-01-2014 09:20 PM

very nice looking, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 02-01-2014 09:59 PM

Thanks for the comments. Tom, more and more I’m finding it easier to use hand tools. It much quieter and far less dusty. A five minute operation with the router requires 15 minutes to set up the router table, similar time to take it down again and at least thirty minutes to clean up all the dust. So in many cases its actually faster to use hand tools. And yes, the boss, does appreciate that less dust generated!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 02:44 AM

We know who our best customer is. LOL!

Sanded that chair of mine. Sanding sucks! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-02-2014 11:22 PM

That is a good looking plane Peter and you are right about the use of hand tools .
I am also starting to go that way and will be building a work bench to make it more convenient to use hand tools .
I may even attempt a wooden plane .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 02-03-2014 01:19 AM


Krenov style or Japanese style plane?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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