Smoothing Hand Plane

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Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby BillK » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:20 pm

Here is my first atempt at a hand plane. My Smoothing hand plane No. 1. Designed with Aspire. Laminated Mahogany, Cherry wedge.
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby Phil » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:36 pm

I like it. Do have any unassembled pics?

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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby BillK » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:14 pm

Just have these few pics Phil. Probably gives you an idea of the process.
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby Creation in Wood » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:41 pm

Nice job. Have you used it yet? How does it work?
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby BillK » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:16 pm

Yes, I have used it and it works well. I purchased the Iron from Lee Valley. It’s O1 tool steel and holds an edge very well. It takes a little training to adjust it properly as you tap the blade and the wedge lightly to get it the way you want it for shaving thickness. But it leaves a very smooth surface, no sanding required. The feel is much more connected to the cut than a steel handplane as you are wood on wood.
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby highpockets » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:32 pm

Wow!!! I like it!!!
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby scottp55 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:09 pm

Hope you got the angle perfect, as that looks as comfortable/ergonomic as ANY plane in my collection!!!! :D
One you get used to adjustment it becomes second nature, and shavings you can read a newspaper through are normal:) :)
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Micro bevel is the way to go with the steel, using the Veritas angle jig with the steel roller/holder. Way faster keeping a shaving edge.
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby BillK » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:10 pm

Scott,
Yes, I spent a lot of time working on the angle and the face that the Iron rests on to get it perfectly flat, lapping it with sand paper over a granite surface plate. I have the Vestitas jig and use it to sharpen all my chisels and plane irons. I added a 10 degree back bevel to this as well as the micro bevel and got very thin shavings and more important a perfect finish on the surface I was smoothing. Next I'm making a block plane with a 1 inch Hock blade. Making that as ergo as possible also. The smoother feels great in my hands.
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Re: Smoothing Hand Plane

Postby scottp55 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:29 am

Yep, Perfectly flat is the thing most people forget when they purchase a plane.
They don't even bother to back off the base, never mind the iron :(
Like you, I use granite for my final.
It's hard to believe how far some of the iron planes and their irons are so far out of true.
You'll like the Hock:)
That REALLY looks comfortable as heck:)
I wimped out and spent WAY too much money one day at Lie-Neilson's shop, when I saw it was one town away from my grand parents graves...
The ONLY planes I ever bought that needed NO work on them before using. :D
A low angle skew plane next? :) :) :)
https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/block-planes/skew-block-plane-left?node=4072
You shouldn't have posted...now you've got me thinking:) :)
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