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Forum topic by ballsofclay posted 02-04-2014 03:50 PM 881 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ballsofclay

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02-04-2014 03:50 PM

I am having a hard time finding what I am looking for locally and wondering if anyone has any they’d want to ship me for a reasonable price. I need a few (3-4) blanks of an imported hardwood (think jarrah, purpleheart, merbau) 3 inches by 3 inches with straight (close to QS) grain. I need two pieces about 6 inches for two smoothing planes I want to make and a piece or two of 12-inches or so.

All I can find locally are green turning blanks or 12/4 boards that have a minimum length of 6 feet (costing a million dollars).

Anyone?


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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 01:33 AM

I don’t know if this fits what you are looking for, but I’ve heard these are pretty good kits for making your own planes. They are known for quality blades.

Specials
http://www.hocktools.com/KF%20Specials.htm

Block Planes
www.hocktools.com/Kits2.htm

There are likely other companies that sell the wood as a kit as well.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 07:49 AM

You can always build it up from 4/4.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 01:20 PM

I think my previous post was for s different thread. Sorry.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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ballsofclay

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 02:12 PM

Thanks, but I am not looking for a kit and I don’t want to laminate 4/4 together because that is how the plane bodies these will replace were made and it bothers me that I did not take the time to source suitable wood and instead went the cheap route by making due with what I had. I want some planes that are not cobbled together with my scraps, but that represent my best work. The plane bodies I have were a means to an end; The planes I want to make are an end themselves.

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 03:31 PM

Plane bodies that are laminated will have less tendency to warp or twist. I prefer making them with laminated bodies.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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