Custom Hand Plane by Mike Shea

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 428 days ago 1992 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I “grew up” woodworking with power tools since my background is in remodeling. Hand planes and other hand tools of the like are not where I come from, however, it does not mean that I cannot or do not like using them.
Mike Shea Hand Plane
One of my favorite hand tools is a hand plane made by woodworker Mike Shea from California. It is uncomplicated in both it’s function and design. It has a black walnut sole that glides on wood surfaces like it is on wet ice.

I have purchased manufactured hand planes, but this was the first one that actually wowed me. I can grasp and wield it easily in one hand, I love it’s simplicity and light weight. It just WORKS!
I am a bit of a rebel when I sharpen. I only use a worn out 180 grit belt on my belt sander and follow it with the Butz strop board to hone it to a razor’s edge. After sharpening, I replace the blade in the body and lightly rap it on the table to set the blade reveal forward or back as necessary.

I have read so much on how to sharpen and use a plane that, in the end, I just pretty much ignored all of it and did what comes naturally and casually. After all, everything you read about woodworking (no matter the source) is all theory until you get out in the shop and put it to use.

I want to publicly give a big thanks to Mike Shea for such a great, functional piece of woodworking that helps me work wood. It really is a pure joy to use. Check out the short video below as I use the hand plane by Mike.

Your friend in the shop,

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love – Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 428 days ago


That tool has ManPower behind it… Not a Power tool?

COOL Video!

Thank you!

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

8768 posts in 2724 days

#2 posted 428 days ago

Yeah I know…;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 428 days ago

Good one Todd. I use all my manpower to plug the cords in… hehehehe I do grab my handy dandy lil block plane when it’s needed. :)

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

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1807 posts in 1312 days

#4 posted 428 days ago

very very nice!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 427 days ago

Nice plane!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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