How to Make a Wooden Hand Plane

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Building a bevel-down wood-bodied smooth plane with a Norris-style blade adjustment mechanism

Lee Valley offers a hardware kit so you can build your own smoothing plane. I picked up the kit with a PM-V11 steel blade. I wanted to use contrasting wood to jazz it up a little so I picked maple for the sole and sides and walnut for the middle. This was a very enjoyable project and the instructions are fairly clear. It's up to you to decide size and shape, mine is roughly 10" long. I used Illustrator to make patterns for the shape and my Shapeoko 2 CNC Router to engrave the lever cap.

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- http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/Page...

See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMbuGQDBpxo

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Our understanding is specialist, got over decades of experience of managing these tools and working them ourselves and making our living with them. Our goal is to obtain the very best tools in your hands and reveal you ways to use them appropriately.

Created High Carbon Steel

Lets start with the most fundamental part the cutting edge. All your work your effort is through this point. This sharpened steel wedge. You need to have the best steel to save yourself effort and gain more control. Do not fret about makers that declare their steel that holds its edge for soooo ... long. Exactly what you actually desire is SHARP. My experience informs me that "high carbon steel" takes a sharper edge than the A2 type of steel offered by the majority of modern toolmakers. High carbon steel was at finest forged, hammered in a hot state. Modern-day steels even modern high carbon steels are cold rolled. This gives a" tougher" edge that is doing not have a bit of the hardness of authentic created high carbon steel It is excellent steel common in lots of brand names of western chisels as a steel it is acceptable (just). That edge is simply a bit too dull for me. The best created high carbon steel now seems to come from Britain France and China.

If you can find authentic forged high carbon steel attempt it. Clifton make a truly good genuine forged steel blade "The Victor" aircraft blade is forged in Sheffield I have these in my planes and replaced an A2 blade from Lie Nielsen to terrific impact.
Old forged steel blades

Be careful of "old steel" this is fantastic things hard as great tool steel as it can be, and romantic, however it can be so damned difficult it can not be flattened quickly enough to make excellent contact on a sharpening stone. Those old people did not have the quality assurance to be sure that every blade was flat a lot of are not. Getting an old blade flat is a tough job, as soon as you get it flat then you got a genuine tool for life but boy that is an effort. [I will discuss flatness later on its essential.]

A2 Steel

A2 steel is popular with numerous contemporary toolmakers "A-2 steel solidified to Rockwell 60-62 cryogenically dealt with and double tempered" is the information on L -Ni chisels.They are without doubt made with a tough steel, the durability allows them to hold an edge for AAAAAAges. But that edge is just a bit too dull for me. Much of my trainees buy these chisels and I don't prevent them. They are a teeny bit tricky to discover to put an edge on but thats not a problem. I prefer teaching people new to this with a high carbon blade as the burr leaves truly sweetly. As soon as you get the idea its no problem to hone these A2 blades.|A2 steel is popular with lots of modern-day toolmakers "A-2 steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62 cryogenically treated and double tempered" is the information on L -Ni chisels.They are without doubt made with a hard steel, the allows them to hold an edge for AAAAAAges. I prefer teaching people new to this with a high carbon blade as the burr comes away actually sweetly. When you get the concept its no issue to sharpen these A2 blades.

Woodworking Tools Badly Made

Woodworking tool manufacturers need to understand that they can not continue to make more inferior products than their forefathers. Or they can not do this and maintain a market share. Woodworking Tools ought to work straight out of package, its not your fault if that tool do not cut, its theirs and they need to be made to do much better, all of them.

When we see in our own workshop tools that arrive bent we will tell you. We will put it up on this page. We will pity the makers of these tools up until they stop making tools that are impossible to take into usage without a week course in tool fettling, a $1000 granite slab and a load of lost time.


My experience informs me that "high carbon steel" takes a sharper edge than the A2 kind of steel offered by most modern toolmakers. Contemporary steels even modern high carbon steels are cold rolled. It is good steel typical in numerous brands of western chisels as a steel it is acceptable (just). Beware of "old steel" this is wonderful stuff hard as excellent tool steel as it can be, and romantic, nevertheless it can be so damned hard it can not be flattened easily enough to make good contact on a honing stone. A2 steel is popular with numerous modern toolmakers "A-2 steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62 cryogenically dealt with and double tempered" is the details on L -Ni chisels.They are without doubt made with a difficult steel, the toughness allows them to hold an edge for AAAAAAges.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/dpmakestuffContact- Website - http://www.dpmakestuff.com- Instagram - http://instagram.com/dpmakestuff/Building a bevel-down wood-bodied smooth plane with a Norris-style blade adjustment mechanismLee Valley offers a hardware kit so you can build your own smoothing plane. I picked up the kit with a PM-V11 steel blade. I wanted to use contrasting wood to jazz it up a little so I picked maple for the sole and sides and walnut for the middle. This was a very enjoyable project and the instructions are fairly clear. It's up to you to decide size and shape, mine is roughly 10" long. I used Illustrator to make patterns for the shape and my Shapeoko 2 CNC Router to engrave the lever cap.Links- http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/Page...See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMbuGQDBpxoThis page is to help you to prevent wasting money on tools you don't require and spending what you have to spend on tools that are going to do a good job for you. Our recommendations is neutral, we are not linked with any tool manufacturing organisation and we receive no totally free samples that might blur our judgment or colour our viewpoint.Our understanding is specialist, got over decades of experience of managing these tools and working them ourselves and making our living with them. Our goal is to obtain the very best tools in your hands and reveal you ways to use them appropriately.Created High Carbon SteelLets start with the most fundamental part the cutting edge. All your work your effort is through this point. This sharpened steel wedge. You need to have the best steel to save yourself effort and gain more control. Do not fret about makers that declare their steel that holds its edge for soooo ... long. Exactly what you actually desire is SHARP. My experience informs me that "high carbon steel" takes a sharper edge t...