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Forum topic by groy87 posted 12-21-2012 04:46 PM 620 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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groy87

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12-21-2012 04:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane

I recently acquired a Japanese plane blade from eBay and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a species of wood (aside from oak :) ) to make the body out of. As with any wood plane I’m looking for density, stability, and of course figure. Thanks in advance and happy holidays!


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#1 posted 12-21-2012 05:23 PM

Ash is good. Springy woods like oak, ash, hickory are good
for Japanese-style fitting of plane irons to plane bodies.

You can try something like hard maple or cherry or
whatever of course, but you may find the brittle
hardwoods crack around the mouth with a Japanese
style plane.

Wild grained pieces of wood will likely distort seasonally.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 10:01 PM

Good to know. I’m not that adept with a chisel so I’m planning on using a krenov type assembly.

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