Wooden smoothing Plane design?

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 02-20-2013 04:56 PM 1929 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2013 04:56 PM

So, the shop-made planes thread has inspired me to make a wooden smoothing plane…

But I want some advice on which style is more comfortable for use. Some have a farily square, or coffin shape:

While others have a more sloped back, like the Krenov-style planes:

I’d like to hear from those who have tried both, and which is better, and why?


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#1 posted 02-20-2013 05:49 PM

The biggest difference will be the length of the blade. The Krenov style planes are nice if the iron is short.

I don’t know that any is better than the other. It is more a personal preference. I like both but I do find that I reach for the Krenov style first for comfort.

Here is the first video in a series for something in between. Traditional style but build up like Krenov. A very good project:


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#2 posted 02-20-2013 07:23 PM

What about a german style plane?

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 07:55 PM

I think I’m going for simple here, so no horns.

Since I am planning for this to be small, using a block-plan Iron, It looks Like I should lean toward a traditional shape, since I don’t plan on cutting the Iron down to be short.

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 08:20 PM

I like the kreno Style. You can see a few in my projects. I’m not a fan of the coffin style. I know they can work well but I find them uncomfortable.

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