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    Here are a couple wooden hand planes that I built this spring: a block plane and a scrub plane. Both from the John Wilson book and both are getting lots of use already.

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    I built them with only manual hand tools, since that's what I have right now. It was a fun challenge, I've been learning a lot refurbishing and using old tools.

    The metal work was the hardest part. I had a hard time getting the steel hardened properly, and then I had a lot of decarburization I needed to grind off before the blades were usable.

    Next up I want to build a bow saw.

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    Lookin' good.
    Nice work.
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    Very nice!!!!

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    Nice looking planes. The proof of the pudding, though, is in the using. How well do they work?

    Having spent many a long hour wielding scrub planes, can I respectfully suggest chamfering the edges of the front portion, otherwise the arris will leave an impression of itself in the fleshy bit of your hand for rather longer than you'd like.

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    Nice work! Compared to the planes, a bow saw will be a piece of cake.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike-in-Suffolk View Post
    Nice looking planes. The proof of the pudding, though, is in the using. How well do they work?

    Having spent many a long hour wielding scrub planes, can I respectfully suggest chamfering the edges of the front portion, otherwise the arris will leave an impression of itself in the fleshy bit of your hand for rather longer than you'd like.
    Arris: I learned a new word today, thanks. Actually, yeah, I noticed it does dig in a bit there. I'll round it down some and try and make a more comfortable grip.

    For the scrub plane, I'd say it works pretty well. It can zip out an 1/8 inch furrow in pine smoothly. I don't have much to compare it to though, I only used a scrub plane once briefly before. Anyway, this one was a huge time-saver when I made my last kayak paddle. It worked for white oak too, but skewed and with a shallower bite of course. Definitely a user.

    The block plane I'm not sure about yet. It's much lighter than the metal planes I'm used to, so that's a bit of an adjustment. Also I made the throat opening too big, which is making it a bit hard to register, eg. when trimming end grain or chamfering a short bit at the end of a work piece. So, maybe not a great success so far, though I think I'll get to know how to use it better with time. I might try closing up the throat a bit with a piece let into the sole.

    Making the blades was very frustrating but rewarding too. It took a few rounds of heat treatment to get them to the point where they weren't too soft or too brittle. And it took a lot of work with the sandpaper to remove the decarburized layer. The blades feel like an unqualified success to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    Nice work! Compared to the planes, a bow saw will be a piece of cake.

    Jeff
    Yep. Two or three hours work went into this:







    I've since turned up proper handles in place of those old door knobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamarthurryan View Post
    Here are a couple wooden hand planes that I built this spring: a block plane and a scrub plane. Both from the John Wilson book and both are getting lots of use already.

    _DSF2209.jpg_DSF2216.jpg

    I built them with only manual hand tools, since that's what I have right now. It was a fun challenge, I've been learning a lot refurbishing and using old tools.

    The metal work was the hardest part. I had a hard time getting the steel hardened properly, and then I had a lot of decarburization I needed to grind off before the blades were usable.

    Next up I want to build a bow saw.
    Round here, old woodies are easy to come by, so I reshape rather than make.
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    The curved shoulders on the tenons are delightful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike-in-Suffolk View Post
    Yep. Two or three hours work went into this:







    I've since turned up proper handles in place of those old door knobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mercer View Post
    The curved shoulders on the tenons are delightful.
    Thanks Bill, but they really are pretty easy to do.

    On a recent trip to Spain I picked up my son-in-law's inherited frame saw because I had a cut to make which was too deep for a tenon saw and needed too narrow a kerf for a handsaw. One revolution of the tensioner and it cut perfectly.........and it hadn't been used in over 50 years.

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    Very nice planes and saw

    Maybe you already know the trick, but rubbing a candle on the sole of the plane is magical!!

    And after you need to built a very small plane setting hammer

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    Making hand planes is the first critical job that a woodworker should take on. The resulting tool can be as good as the best store bought ones and a heck of a lot more satisfying to a woodbutcher. I agree with the comments about soft edges on hand planes.

    A plane with Krenov style guts is much easier to make than the traditional ones and yours looks good to me. Do you know what grade steel the McMaster blank is? Heat treating an unknown grade of steel can be a crap shoot. I prefer 1080 or 1084 steel as that is the easiest and most reliable to harden or temper. I use fire brick from the local building supply and a pair of Maap/Propane torches that provide plenty of heat. Tempering in an old counter top toaster/heater is hot enough and a digital wand thermometer is reliable to give the correct hardness of 58 - 60. I often buy normalized steel plate for plane blades & knives from https://newjerseysteelbaron.com/ but there are others just as good. Working with steel is just as satisfying as wood but far more messy although, unlike wood mistakes can often be done over in metal without penalty.

    I made the gap too wide on a small plane some years ago that works only if it's set just right. I plan to fit an insert in a hollowed out spot to widen the gap that should correct it if done right. Worth the work of doing that.

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    Default Re: a couple wooden hand planes

    i like your saw

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: a couple wooden hand planes

    Not to mention the workbench.

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    Default Re: a couple wooden hand planes

    and the marking gauge

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    Thanks guys. Looks like I should do a workshop tour on here one of these days. The vice has been swapped out for a 52-1/2E ........"solid enough to build a small wharf", as someone once said.

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    Lovely work, it's great to see people enjoying the pleasure of making.
    congratulations.
    It's all fun and games until Darth Vader comes.

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    Default Re: a couple wooden hand planes

    I have the big brother as a vice, but it is too big!!


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