The drawing of these planes is
clear and simple. The three basic
designs: the smoothing plane (smallest), the jointer plane and the
block plane (largest).
I did some adaptations, although I have reproduced with fidelity
the tools outline. I used Amaranth (Peltogyne spp), extremely
hard and weighty wood, and, because of this, I dispensed the
base sole, which isn't absolutely necessary. Be sure that the
wood is well dry.
a cross a brass to hold the iron, instead of
using a wooden pin, as shown in the project (cross pin). Iíve
made a tote for the block plane (the largest) which has made its
use more safe. I used British Stanley iron blades.
Differently from the metalic plane, the wooden plane is light
and can be easily resurfaced. But its adjustment is difficult and
depends on the skils of each craftsman.
First of all, the wood must be perfectly
jointed. I used
thickness and jointer planers (stationary electric planes). I
take advantage of the this piece of Amaranth and make two planes.
After that, I separated the piece using the circular saw. The
pieces with the smallest thickness will be the laterals of the
planes. The correct position for the cut is tangential to the
Transfer the layout to the middle piece with the help of carbon
paper. This is the drawing of the smoothing plane.