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Building a bevel-down wood-bodied smooth plane with a Norris-style blade adjustment mechanism

Lee Valley offers a hardware kit so you can build your own smoothing plane. I picked up the kit with a PM-V11 steel blade. I wanted to use contrasting wood to jazz it up a little so I picked maple for the sole and sides and walnut for the middle. This was a very enjoyable project and the instructions are fairly clear. It's up to you to decide size and shape, mine is roughly 10" long. I used Illustrator to make patterns for the shape and my Shapeoko 2 CNC Router to engrave the lever cap.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/Page.aspx?p=71379...

Great old world craftsmanship. Looks like it will give many years of service.
<p>If you are planning on hours of plaining remember the back of the plane, where your hand presses, should fit the contours of your hand. [I just spent 4 hours flattening a 2' X 8' X 3&quot; knotty walnut slab] The handle matters! So, don't try to be symmetrical with your plane design unless you are ambidextrous. </p><p>Maple is a good choice of American hardwoods for hand planes but tropicals are much harder and will last longer. Osage orange is a very good American hard wood for planes. It grows everywhere but it's hard to find in a lumberyard.</p>

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