Lee Valley Tapered Plane Irons

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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 03-31-2014 03:34 AM 1191 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2014 03:34 AM

I finally got around to ordering a couple of LV’s tapered plane irons and last night I made a Krenov pattern plane for a tapered single iron. As chopping the mortise for the chip breaker screw is the most work in making a Krevov plane, making one for a single iron was pretty simple. Simple or not the prof is….does it work…. and the bottom line it works great. The irons are a little longer than the Hock Krenov double irons and not as thick but they bed nicely, set easily and hold the set. As with all LV irons they needed very little work on the stones. My only complaint is the smallest iron is a little wider than I like for my small planes.

Here is the first, with a Beech stock and wedge about 320mmX80mmX45mm. It should make a nice large smoother, small jack….kinda a tweener.

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 03:38 AM

Nice plane. If you could resize the image, I’d be able to see the iron and the back.

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 03:57 AM

See if this works better:

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 04:12 AM

BTW, this is my standard stock. I’ve tried different shaping and found a simple straight stock works best. Very much like a Japanese stock but a little thicker and not as wide. With a straight stock the plane can be used with either hand in any direction and with either two or one hand. They are truly a pleasure to use, very light and controllable, sinuous in the hand and to the ear. I use both metal and wood stock but metal is to get the job done, wood stock is for pleasure.

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 04:16 AM

That is a long iron. At 6” it may be suited to a bevel up miter plane I’ve been thinking about.
What do you think?

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 10:23 AM


I expect it would work well as I believe most early Miter planes had tapered irons.


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