Second Hand Plane

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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 09-04-2008 08:33 AM 2709 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a Hand Plane Class and didn’t like the way the end product looked. So I instantly decided to try and make another one. This one is made of Alder and Purpleheart. I don’t know if I would use Purpleheart again for the sole. I could not use my jointer to flatten the sole so I did it by hand. It seemed to take forever. I also spent quite a lot of time filing the mouth.

The plane is longer than it needs to be but I am thinking I might want to add a handle later. The shape is more in line with what I like—clean, long lines. It works quite well but there is definitely more tuning required.

Next up…the one plane missing from my current arsenal: a jointer.

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#1 posted 09-04-2008 08:39 AM

Great looking set of planes! It feels kinda nice making your own, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 10:29 AM

Great effort.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 05:07 PM

Great work!

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 05:11 PM

I think there is little more satisfying that building projects using your own shop-made tools. Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 10:10 PM

If thats a second hand plane, I need a big brother like yours. LOL Looks like great workmanship.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 08:00 AM

Great looking hand plane. I like to use purple hart. Nice job. Planes are so much fun to make.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 06:54 PM

Careful now!!! You know that making planes are addictive.
Try Ipe, or Goncalo Alves For the sole if don’t like the Purple heart I like it myself, but it is tricky sometimes. There is always Rosewood or Cocobolo, If you a glutton for punishment try some Desert Ironwood. If you would like to do a trade let me know.

-- Richard

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 08:26 PM

Nice work! I need to make me one those. But I need to get my house finished first….!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 09-06-2008 02:34 AM

Nice job. Something very cool about home made planes.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#10 posted 09-07-2008 01:22 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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Keith Cruickshank

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#11 posted 10-07-2008 12:09 AM

Some might say too nice to use. But given you obvious talent, I’m sure you’ll grab it often. Beautiful!

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#12 posted 10-07-2008 03:13 AM

Very nice looking plane. Your own design?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 02-15-2010 02:20 AM

nice work.looks like a lot of fun to use your own tools

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#14 posted 02-15-2010 02:31 AM

very nice work, you should blog about the jointer?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 02-15-2010 02:50 AM

Great job Tim.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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