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 Post subject: Re: block plane
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:05 pm 
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James Krenov was the Paul Sellars of the 70's. He was a fantastic woodworker - simple strong designs perfectly executed - look up his work in google images. He had everyone making their own planes for smoothing - I never took the bait, but I have friends who did. His method of making a wood bodied smoother is pretty simple and has none of that cutting a mortice at an angle, and buying all the floats and getting finicky. It is just cutting pieces out and gluing them together. And the blades are available.

Here is a tutorial on making his smoother:

https://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMadeTools/BuildingaKrenovSmoother.html

Nothing extraneous, all business

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 Post subject: Re: block plane
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:26 pm 
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Do it Diane, they really are easy to build
I've attached a nice starting place for you.


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 Post subject: Re: block plane
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:36 pm 
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In the site I posted, there are step-by-step instructions. When I got to the bottom I realized it was written by a forum buddy, Derek Cohen. His website is one of the good ones - kind of a Frank Ford for hand tool users:

https://www.inthewoodshop.com

12-15 years ago he drew my name in a Christmas exchange. Knowing that my business was residential energy conservation he made me a working caulking gun out of half a dozen Australian hardwoods and brass.

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 Post subject: Re: block plane
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:37 am 
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Kevin Sjostrand wrote:
Do it Diane, they really are easy to build
I've attached a nice starting place for you.

I've definitely given it a lot of thought I might try my hand at it. Thanks for posting the info. I've downloaded the picture you posted, and I'm going to study it.

I put my Craftsman jack and smoothing planes on Ebay, and both ended up with a huge amount of bids for some reason. I mean, they were both nice planes and I took care of them. I had them both turned up and honed them to scary sharp, but Craftsman aren't hugely sought after, so I was quite surprised.

At any rate they pretty much paid for the Veritas, so I ordered it. Hopefully it'll get here pretty quickly, because I need it for the neck I'm making. Here's a link to the one I ordered. I ordered one with their PM-V11 iron. http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=67691&cat=1,230,41182


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 Post subject: Re: block plane
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:41 am 
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ruby@magpage.com wrote:
In the site I posted, there are step-by-step instructions. When I got to the bottom I realized it was written by a forum buddy, Derek Cohen. His website is one of the good ones - kind of a Frank Ford for hand tool users:

https://www.inthewoodshop.com

12-15 years ago he drew my name in a Christmas exchange. Knowing that my business was residential energy conservation he made me a working caulking gun out of half a dozen Australian hardwoods and brass.

Ed


Thank you Ed for the link and information. I've bookmarked it and I'll take a good look at the site.


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