krenov style jointer - question about details

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10-27-2016 02:51 PM

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So I’m building a ~ 24” laminated jointer. I have a couple questions, mostly about what makes a generic laminated plane a Krenov design:

1. where should I put the cross-pin? Should its axis be centered vertically or elsewhere? I’ve read about the true Krenov design (vs a generic laminated plane design) making use of a lower “center of gravity” by mounting the pin lower to the sole…. is there truth to that? If so, how low? I don’t want to obstruct shaving removal…

2. Should I make a tote? The only krenov style planes I’ve used are a block and scrub, both of which are much smaller and easier to handle without a handle! I think a tote would really help me maneuver this beast. For the Krenov design, is there a specific advantage other than simplicity of construction that says you shouldnt use a tote?

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#1 posted 10-27-2016 06:13 PM

I have a 24” jointer I made with no tote and
while I understand Krenvov’s preference the
plane puts my knuckles close to the work and
I’ve banged them before. As a compromise,
a raised elongated handhold may be added.

Krenov would surface planks using a jointer,
pivoting from the waist. He describes this
in one of his books and being able to grip
the plane from one side and rapidly shift the
grip if needed on the end of the stroke is made
possible by eliminating the knob and tote.

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#2 posted 10-27-2016 06:27 PM

I like the elongated handhold idea… I guess I’m almost more afraid of losing control of the thing, since it’s so huge! something that gives me a positive grip would be good. It’s not that I’m attached to the western tote per se.

And actually, I don’t see the need for a knob, since for edge jointing I like to keep a side grip with fingers sliding against the workpiece.

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