One Plane to Rule Them All

One plane to find them
One plane to bring them all
And in the Woodshop bind them.

I was speaking with Matt Reynolds at the show, apparently a long-time reader of Stu’s Shed, and from a plane sock he pulled out something he’d made a few weeks earlier. A plane, and what a plane! You’d gladly spend a lot at a number of fine handtool stands to buy one like it, and even more remarkable, this is the first plane he’d ever made.

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I LOVE metal dovetails on a plane – perfection and absolute class.

The timber is also stunning. Matt has gone with using burl for his timbers, much trickier to shape, but a stunning result indeed.

There are also details here you’d easily miss. One in particular is how he has created the blade opening. Instead of trying to mill through a solid block, Matt has made that part of the plane sole in two parts, which are then joined and polished until they virtually disappear. I wouldn’t have seen it if Matt hadn’t specifically pointed it out.

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Some specs from Matt
Blade is 01 tool steel, 32mm wide.
Infill and wedge are Red Gum Burl
Sole length is 95mm
Bed/Blade angle is 20 deg
Approx 50-60 hours work, all hand made.  My first go at making a plane, completed about three weeks ago.

So some beautiful results, especially given it is metal and timber. Thanks for showing me.

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