On the one hand the old wooden plane required well seasoned and dried wood that lay dormant under cover for ten years before working and cycling through began. It took only a few minutes to make the cast metal planes, that is once the moulds were set up and the right men doing the pour poured the molten metal that would soon become the all metal counterparts we’ve commonly used over the past 150 years. The Japanese planes are readily available to buy, although I just want to see if I can make one out of scraps of wood and metal laying around with minimal tools and effort. Furniture maker Clark Kellogg learned to make planes as a student in the furniture program at College of the Redwoods. And he has made a lot since then.
I’ve continued making my wooden hand planes and enjoyed experimenting with both simple and traditional approaches. So far I’ve made three wooden planes, the smoother, jack and jointer planes. Making your own plane is a great shop project that results in a fine tool that you will use on a regular basis. I have made many wooden planes: smoothing planes, jointers, coopering planes, hollow ing planes, scraper planes and tiny one-handed smoothers. Many woodworkers I’ve met have at least a couple of hand planes, and while most of them seem to be iron-bodied planes, there are quite a few who also have some wood-bodied planes. Originally, wood-bodied planes were made by taking a block of wood and drilling/cutting/chiseling out the middle section where the iron/wedge would reside during use.
All woodworkers know, woodworking tools are a pleasure to own and use. Planes probably top the list of miraculous woodworking tools and shop-made wood planes are as good or better as any, and a fraction of the cost of high-end metal planes. Make Your Own Hand Planes? Why Would You Bother? Back in 1994 I was giving a planemaking demonstration at a National woodworking show. The plane I was building was a coffin sided smoothing plane in. Rob Stoakley designs and makes a wooden plane. 1. Make another drawing to show the position of the exit point of the cutter through the sole so that the correct proportion between the front and rear parts of the plane can be established. Of course, if you’re a National Lottery winner and woodworker to boot, you are very firmly pitched into the realm of hand-made offerings from Karl Holtey, Konrad Sauer and similar bespoke makers whose planes are unfortunately well out of the reach of mere mortals.
Making Wooden Hand Planes
It didn’t make me unplug my Delta, but it did give me a bit more insight into the passion for using (and possibly making) wooden-bodied planes. Because sometimes when you need a good tool, ya just gotta make it yourself. Hand Plane. For more instructions and drawings on makign a classical Krenov plane follow this link. Popular maxims say that the radial plane of the wood should be oriented towards the sides of the plane. Hmm, now that is starting to make sense too. Total Workshop search results: 8. Displaying Page 1 of your woodworking search phrase WOODEN HAND PLANE FREE PLANS. For many woodworking applications a great difference in radial and tangential stability can cause problems. It can, however, be used to advantage. Plane makers have done this through history with their choice of beech. There is nothing cooler in the shop than grabbing the wood hand plane that you made to take a shaving down the length of a board. It is astonishing and miraculous! It is also possible for you to make one in this workshop.
David Finck: Woodworker
The use of more sophisticated equipment gives certain celerity and comfort to the production process, but these planes can be made with hand tools only, resulting in the same accuracy. A good quality finger plane, like a pencil behind my ear, is almost indispensable to me when I am woodworking. It is small enough to carry in my pocket, and to those of us who have discovered them, it’s the most universally useful of cutting tools: you may reach for it a dozen times a day every time a workpiece needs a chamfered corner or shaping or trimming and if it doesn’t come easily to hand, I, for one, feel lost. In the olden days woodworkers made their own planes. You can still do it. Here are some thoughts on the appropriate wood.June 28, 2013. It’s a very attractive idea since good handplanes are anywhere from very to extremely expensive, and being able to make my own would allow me to build any variation of specialty plane I might want to try.