As part of a kitchen remodel project I needed a hand plane. Well, I have three, but they’re all smaller smoothing planes. I wanted something a little bigger which I could use as a something between a scrub plane or a jack plane. I had an extra plane blade sitting around, so I made one.
The bottom and very top is the straightest, flattest piece of oak that Home depot had. The middle is a maple sandwich made from the same reclaimed maple flooring that our counter tops are being made from.
I glued the middle three pieces for the front and back together, then cut the angles I wanted. The top of the plane was originally a single oak board which I used a drill to make a hole, then a jig saw to rough-cut then a chisel and hammer to bring in line with the angles of the middle angles. I did the same thing for the bottom.
After gluing everything together I cut out the profile I wanted with the band saw, then ran the edges through the router to round over the edges and add the decorative pin-stripe. I used the drill press to drill a hole straight through both sides and pounded a dowel in with a drop of glue on each side. I then planed off the edge of the dowel to be flush with the sides of the plane.
I used the belt sander with some 80 grit paper to round out the pommel / handle at the end and then sanded it down to 120 by hand.
I gave it several coats of danish oil and then a coat of mineral oil.
The blade is held in place with a wooden wedge. It was something in my scrap pile, I don’t even know what – probably pine.
I’ve done a couple of test runs with it and I’m very happy with how it works. It doesn’t hurt that it looks nice too. Tomorrow the big counter top I need it for should be dry so I’ll be able to put it through a real test.
This thing works REALLY really well. I sharpened the blade on a high grit grinding wheel and was able to really scrub the counter I’m making quickly and efficiently.