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Blog entry by rhett posted 451 days ago 2617 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How we are making our Nice Ash Planes and why they are different from anything you would most likely be crafting in your shop.

The construction of our plane is unlike the normal “Krenov”, shop made woodie. Instead of the usual 5 piece construction, we opted for a simpler, 3 piece design. This is nothing new, as anyone who has seen one of Steve Knights planes can attest to. Though, unless someone can correct me, our design is the first to completely capture the cross pin, making it hidden from the sides. We have yet to see any other examples of this construction method.

The ash lumber is broken down into blanks, squared off, marked and then cut into halves on the table saw.
These two halves are then taken to an overarm router. A jig holds the two pieces, as a spiral downcut bit removes the material from inside the planes mouth.

Here are two halves ready for glue up.

We figured a way to keep everything straight and lined up here, but will keep that to ourselves….. Until we start selling kits.

After glue up, the planes are taken to the jointer, where the bottoms are flattened and squared to one face. A thick wedge is driven into the plane, to put it under tension while it’s being milled.

From here, the plane is taken to the table saw and trimed on the three remaining sides. This photo is to show how square this 3 piece method of construction keeps the planes.

The pieces are now cut to length, measured off the mouth opening. Its a very complex jig.

Here is where the actual hand work comes into play. First the blade is set on the bed and checked to make sure it doesn’t rock.

Any high spots are filed down.

A line is scribed.

The front of the mouth opening is cut back, at the same angle of the bed. This allows for many flattenings of the bottom, without making the mouth wider.

Blade slid through to the bottom.

View from the inside. I try to cut the mouth, tight enough to escape correctly thick shavings.

It’s now time for a test shave.

That’s about it, some final sanding, fettling and branding, then its wrapped up for shipping.

This is what we are offering and hope to have you as a customer.
If you don’t like it, you can send it back.

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/



11 comments so far

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Brandon

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#1 posted 451 days ago

Another fine blog on your process.

We figured a way to keep everything straight and lined up here, but will keep that to ourselves….. Until we start selling kits.

You gotta do what you gotta do! And selling kits, that’s another great idea.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Don W

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#2 posted 451 days ago

another excellent blog.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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TobyC

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#3 posted 451 days ago

Thanks rhett,
Very nice. Glad to see a hands on approach instead of all machine work. Good luck.

Toby

-- Cigarettes and squirrels are completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it up.

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 451 days ago

Excellent job Rhett!
I’m putting the pennies together for a nice ash as I type this.

Aside from that, I greatly respect what you guys are doing.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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tsangell

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Thanks for showing your ash.

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Don W

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#6 posted 451 days ago

Are you going to make a “fat ash”?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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rhett

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#7 posted 451 days ago

I’m going to get a “fat ash”, if I don’t stop visiting all these woodworking forums.

Everyone who is reading this…....GET OFF YOUR ASH, and go cut some wood!

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 451 days ago

I’ve enjoyed this series. And I’d definitely love to try out one of your planes when I can afford it.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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TobyC

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#9 posted 451 days ago

Nothing better than a nice piece of ash!

Toby

-- Cigarettes and squirrels are completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it up.

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rhett

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#10 posted 449 days ago

We are now selling “half ashed” planes on the site. It’s not a kit, simply a glued up and squared up plane block. Save $30 on each plane by doing the hand work yourself!

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 445 days ago

Those are pretty drool worthy. I think selling the kits is definitely a good idea. Scratch that – GREAT idea!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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