Introduction: Wooden Block Plane

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In this tutorial I break some rules and have fun making this block plane from coconut palm wood. This project is a lot easier than you may think and having a block plane for rounding over edges is easy and safe!

Step 1: Cutting the Wood

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First thing you need to do is cut the wood to width. 1/8" wider than your plane blade should work.

Step 2: Cut the Sides

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Now you'll want to cut 2 3/16" thin sides for your wooden block plane.

Step 3: Cut the Iron Angle

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Next you'll cut the 45 degree angle on the iron (back side) of the wooden block plane.

Step 4: Cutting the Other Angle

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Now you'll cut the 60 degree angle for the front side of the plane.

Step 5: Drilling the Holes

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Double up the two side pieces and drill the hole for the dowel. I'm using 5/16" dowel.

Step 6: Getting Ready for Glue-up

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Get all the pieces lined up and ready for glue. Drop the blade in and move the front pieces until it touches the blade. Take out the blade and move the front piece in about an 1/8". After glue-up we'll file away to a perfect gap. See the video for details. Mark registration lines with a pencil.

Step 7: Glue Up the Block Plane

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Now you can glue and clamp up the block plane assembly.

Step 8: Cutting the Shape

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Once the glue dries you can draw out your shape and cut it on the bandsaw. I'm using a typical Krenov style for my wood block plane.

Step 9: Final Shaping

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I like to finalize my shaping with the disc and spindle sanders.

Step 10: Cutting the Wedge

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Now you'll want to cut a wedge for the plane iron. Shape and size doesn't matter too much as long as it can be wedged between the iron and the dowel.

Step 11: Open the Throat

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After everything is sanded and finished you can open up the throat with a file. Be sure to only file away enough material so the blade can slip through.

Step 12: You're Done!

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That's it! Be sure to watch the video to see all the steps in action. Be safe, have fun and Make Something!


Modern Rustic Workshop (author)2016-09-05

I had to stop and admire your entire attitude towards woodworking. I love that even if the project fails, you are okay with that because you're "just having fun". I think everyone needs to stop every once in a while and realize why they love what they do and to not make it like a job and just relax sometimes, even if things go south! Thank you for reminding me to always enjoy what you do!

dphillips (author)2016-09-06

Reminded me of an Uncle who collected planes. Thanks so here is a small section of his collection.


Kevanf1 (author)2016-09-07

Wow! So easy to do, well done. I wonder if there is anywhere that gives the different throat angles (front and rear) for other types of plane. I know that bamboo rodmakers covet a specific plane because the angle of the blade is very much more 'upright' than most other planes. Then there is a miniature plane that I have been pondering in my head for about 6 months (been ill so nothing has been done about it yet). I need to make a plane in miniature using a chisel cutting blade from a craft knife. I did say it was miniature :) It's intended for stripping the fronds from birds feathers without suddenly digging into the main feather and ruining everything. For making natural fishing floats (bobbers to you guys in the US) of course :)

Honus (author)2016-09-01

Cool! Do you have a particular supplier for irons you like?

dave.vaness.79 (author)Honus2016-09-04

I use Hock Blade and I normally use the Krenov style They are made for Q2 steel and very high quality

clazman (author)dave.vaness.792016-09-06

Steel alloys haven't changed much, so I think you meant O1 for oil quench. Then there is also A2 (air quench).

Heat treatment is quite a
process. Quite an art too!

dave.vaness.79 (author)clazman2016-09-06

My bad O1 , A2

MikeT72 (author)dave.vaness.792016-09-06

+1 on Hock blades. High quality steel that keeps a great edge.

Orngrimm (author)Honus2016-09-02

Di an image search on google for "plane iron blade" and follow the images to the sites who sell them. There are a lot of supplier for them...

Even amazon sells them:

Honus (author)Orngrimm2016-09-02

Sorry, what I meant is there a particular supplier that he has experience with- a specific model or brand of iron.

Drunken Woodworker (author)Honus2016-09-03

I do not.

diy_bloke (author)2016-09-06

i dont even care if it works well, it looks amazing. That is a showpiece

BossyRangs (author)2016-09-03

Great job! I like the Krenov style planes a lot. Not too many hand plane Instructables, so I'm glad you added one. I recently made one from Stanley parts:

Whoa! That's really cool!

Thanks! Isn't it amazing how much less friction you get with wood-on-wood, compared to metal-on-wood?

Professor-Mousedude (author)2016-09-02

when I first saw this, I didn't read the title and I thought "wow! what a nice looking tape dispenser!"

jason.burr.946 (author)2016-09-02

That is a gorgeous looking plane but I gotta wonder how durable and smooth that is going to be with black palm. It is so chippy. Anyway really pretty.

CrLz (author)2016-09-01


Drunken Woodworker (author)CrLz2016-09-02


kode1303 (author)2016-09-01

A very handsome plane you have made. Good work :-)

Thank you!

Orngrimm (author)2016-09-02

This wood... it just looks beautiful!
Nice and unconventuional use of it in this tool. Congrats!

Thank you!!

DylanD581 (author)2016-09-01

Awesome DIY Hand Plane! I love the choice of wood. How do you install the blade?

Orngrimm (author)DylanD5812016-09-02

Wedge it in place with the wedge made in step 10

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