Thursday, October 7, 2010

Current Work

Krenov-style Block, Smoother, Jointer Planes
Beech, Lignum Vitae, Brass, Hock Irons


  1. great project, i love your previous post with milling a shoulder on the brass rounds. i've never made a krenov plane, i should get of my ash.

  2. Thanks Tyler!
    I'm really pleased with the way the brass turned out, it was a lot of fun to figure out and it was very rewarding when it worked.
    You should make one! I mostly followed the direction here- - but I used the 45° bed angle and 62° front angle suggested by David Finck in FWW#196. The front angle works perfectly, the chip rides right up it. Another resource is here-
    The shape was inspired but nowhere duplicated by the prettiest Krenov plane I've seen, Tom Fidgens-
    I think Ash would make an acceptable handplane. :)

  3. Awesome. I am intimidated by hand planes because I don't know how to tune them up. I am taking a brief class in about a week.

  4. Hello Sir,
    My name is Tommy Coleman. I am a lifelong woodworker and a current student at the Chicago School of Violin Making. I found your blog while searching images for wooden planes. Your blog is great and I really enjoyed seeing your awesome projects. I have a question about the brass cross pins that you made for a trio of Krenov planes. Mainly, how do you like them? Do you think the added mass is worth the trouble of making them? I am in the process of designing a plane that would be used upside down (traditional violin making style) to joint violin plates. This is a crucial joint due to the stresses and tension caused by the strings and luthiers tend to be hyper-critical about this particular joint. Any help in getting a nice, polished cut from the plane is a big advantage so I am considering making a brass cross pin. I would think that the mass is the thing, right? In your opinion, is it worth my time? Any help or time you care to give my
    question would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Tommy Coleman

    1. Hi Tommy, I have an acoustic guitar that says it was handmade by Tommy Coleman February 2005. I cannot find anything about the guitar or builder on the web. I stumbled across your name here.Would the builder happen to be you?

  5. Hello Tommy
    The pin adds so little mass that reason alone isn't enough to warrant it. The only real advantage is the opportunity to work in metal, and any asthetic appeal it may have. If I understand correctly, your plane is held upside down, and clamped in a vise. Vibration shouldn't be an issue, and if it is a metal cross pin isn't going to help. The single most imortant component to a clean cut is a keen edge, if you want to be hyper-critical about your set up that is where I'd start.


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