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Krenov-style Wooden Plane

April 6, 2009
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Build date: ~2003
Dimension: 12Lx2.25Wx3H”
Materials: Maple and Goncalo Alves

Around 2003, I took a Krenov-style plane making class from Arnold Champagne, a graduate of the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program. Arnold ran a small workshop out of his house in the San Francisco Portola district, teaching locals the finer art of woodworking. There were about six students in the plane making class and we managed to each make a plane in the two-day session. This was the first wooden plane I made. I’ve made a few planes since.

The material for the plane body is maple and the sole is Goncalo Alves. The blade is a design for Krenov-style planes by Ron Hock. It is made of high carbon tool steel. The 3/16″ thick blade has a wide bevel, making it easy for hand sharpening – this is reminiscent of Japanese plane blades. The Hock blade gets quite sharp and is rather durable.

I admit I have not put this plane to use at all. I went through an experimental period with hand tools and then later set my preference on Japanese woodworking hand tools, including Japanese planes (kanna). Recently, I took the Krenov-style plane out of storage and tuned it. After conditioning the sole I was able to pull push some nice, full-width shavings. I plan to put the plane through some use to see how it compares against the Japanese wooden plane.

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