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September 17, 2009

Strike Block / Miter Plane

What ever it is called turned out to be a nice plane.  I would like to thank those who contributed to my ability to complete this plane.  Although I just put the first coat of finish on, I will post a picture of the plane with finish on tomorrow, the oil is drying.


I did relieve behind the mouth of the plane, I slightly sprung the wedge and cleaned up the throat.  The laid steel Japanese chisel that I converted to Western did the bulk of the end grain work on the throat, not the bed.  I used a variety of chisels and even scrapers together with floats to bed the iron.  I also did the soot trick for final bedding.

I took Rob Lee’s advise and took off the back of the wedge, rounding it over and exposing the blade for ease of adjustment.  I tried it on hardwoods, softwoods, with the grain, end grain and miter, all cut superbly under normal conditions.  I did discover that the front of the throat was sharp on top, so I put a cupids bow decoration and the sharp edge is gone.

Another thing that I discovered, well ripped off Moxon was using the plane upside down.  Who would have thought?  I hold the plane upside down and pass the work over the blade.  This was mostly smaller work, but it did round over the edges of a small netting needle I made from maple.  I like using the plane upside down, you can see what is going on.  This of course only works on narrow smaller length pieces, but it works quite well.


I also made a 40-50-90 degree triangle of mahogany for the plane making class I have coming up in November in Reno and a bedding guide from maple.  These will be handy for plane layout as was the 30/60/90 degree triangle I used to make this plane.



  1. I really like the decoration at the front of the throat. Functional items can be beautiful.

    Comment by thewoodshopbug — September 17, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

  2. That’s lovely. I appreciate the fact that it was chiseled out of a solid block, and not laminated. Do the find the rectangular body to be kind to the hands during longer planing sessions?


    Comment by Metalworker Mike — September 18, 2009 @ 4:34 am

  3. Bug,

    I am fond of the cupid’s bow and have used it for decoration before, but in this case it is functional as well.


    I am not a fan of the ‘Krenov’ style plane, it isn’t traditional and there may be issues with gluing up a wooden plane such as creep if you don’t use Hide Glue. With the laminations there can also be movement problems with uneven moisture in the different glue ups. I only got a brief chance to use the plane, so it is hard to tell how it would be for a prolonged session.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 18, 2009 @ 5:39 am

  4. What plane class is being held in Reno in November? Is it at Woodcraft? I ask as I’m only about 30 minutes away in Carson City.

    Comment by Bill — September 19, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

  5. Bill,

    The class is for Nevada Woodchucks, a woodworking club in Reno. There monthly meeting will be Nov 12, I will do a little presentation and the class is Friday Nov 13, Sat Nov 14 and about a half a day on Sunday Nov 15th. We will be making a small coffin smoother.
    You should probably join this club as it is a great bunch of people, they have a nice clubhouse/shop and several Special Interest Groups. They also make toys for needy children at Christmas.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 20, 2009 @ 4:51 am

  6. Off-topic, but I have to ask where you obtained the metal stamp for your name, as stamped on these pieces?
    It’s common to see old planes and other tools with the owner’s or manufacturer’s name stamped into the end grain,
    but I’ve yet to find a source of supply for where I could order my own.

    Comment by Wayne Sparkman — October 1, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  7. Wayne,

    Welcome. I ordered my stamp from a company called Winmark here in Salt Lake City. You can order from their web site. I ordered a small stamp and the accidently made it much larger than I ordered, so they made me one of the correct size so I got two for one, that was lucky. It is made for stamping steel so it is a quality stamp and not inexpensive.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — October 1, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

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