Monday, August 22, 2011

Hand Planes

It has been a while since my last post. Life has been interesting the last few years and I've had very little time for woodworking or the money for that matter. It's an expensive hobby. However it is one that I love so I try and do little bits here and there. The latest project I completed was a set of Hand Planes. In a recent issue of
Wood Magazine they had an article on making your own hand plane. I have wanted to do one of these for a LONG time and really enjoy making my own tools and jigs etc. I'm finding the jig side of things is going to be very helpful in building guitars. Anyway. I thought I would share my hand planes with you. Hope you enjoy. Oh and you should see a new logo on the blog now. I like it much better.

We start by gluing up the blank for the hand plane. It's roughly 2"x8"
All the parts next to each other

Cut the bed out for the blade. That center triangle later becomes the wedge.

Gluing all the parts together.

Glued up and ready to cut the wedge.
Bottom of the plane with the throat opened
Test fitting everything

The Wedge is now cut out.
After everything was shaped and tuned

The woods are Spalted Maple, Sapele, Walnut and some oak veneer in between

Here is the two that I have built so far.  The one in Front is Curly Maple Sapele and Oak.

Both planes work beautifully and I couldn't be happier



  1. nice to see you back on line. Beautiful work. Planes are on my "bucket list" too.
    cheers, Ian W

  2. Thanks Ian. They were a lot of fun to make. I'm building some more for Christmas presents. I would make sure to scratch them off of the bucket list. They are not as difficult as you would think.

  3. Welcome back! Where did you get your blades for these planes?

  4. @torch02 I got the blades at home depot. They are from a Buck Bros Block Plane. It's about $11 for the whole thing. I got cut the blade down with a hacksaw. I sharpened it on a Worksharp and it sharpens nicely and has held a good edge.



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