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For anyone wanting to make your own coffin smoothing plane, I have created this guide that will show you my method of making a plane that will introduce you to hand plane making in which you can make a traditional coffin plane without using plane floats. In this guide you can make a smoother plane that will last you at least the rest of your life. Very detailed guide in pdf form, where if using Acrobat Reader this file can be read to you while you follow along if you activate read out loud (in the view tab). The guide is 24 pages with over 50 photos. I had this idea to make this plane and tried it which took about 8 hours to complete my first coffin plane...so I decided to make another in order to create this guide and prove it can be repeated. The second one took about a week because of all the photos and writing of this guide. Feel free to download my Garys Making a Coffin Smoothing Plane.pdf
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thank you Gary...
excellent tutorial...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Thanks Stick, I believe making planes in the past by laminating was a problem due to hide glue not being strong enough...but todays glues are so very strong and it doesn't seem to be a problem.
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@gme rcer...
you know I grabbed your PDF but I re-titled it...
to good to pass on...

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Nicely written and documented Gary......should prove to be of value to anyone hoping to tackle such a task.
a most fine How-To!!

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Thanks Gary. Making some planes is on my to-do list.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hey Gary, I've been meaning to congratulate you on the "Handscrew Caddy" featured on page 8 of Woodsmith magazine [Vol. 38/No. 223] that you submitted in the Tips & Techniques segment of the magazine! That is an extremely clever gizmo you have created and shared there. As a reader of Woodsmith, I will say "Thank You" - because I will definitely build one of those. I also like your idea of cleats on opposite ends because when dismounted it needs handles!

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Making side escapement planes, as in rebate or hollows and rounds are actually easier to make using my method of cutting the mouth, then laminating the upper side. Making the blade irons are more difficult though. The real key to making it accurate is making the wedge taper jig using a digital protractor (angle finder) and using a hand router with a long narrow blade, and a well tuned table saw. I've read about all I could find on making planes and have made quite a few various planes. There's nothing like the peace and quiet of using these tools, and especially the accuracy of the hand router.

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A very big AMEN to what Stick said earlier!

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Hey Gary, I've been meaning to congratulate you on the "Handscrew Caddy" featured on page 8 of Woodsmith magazine [Vol. 38/No. 223] that you submitted in the Tips & Techniques segment of the magazine! That is an extremely clever gizmo you have created and shared there. As a reader of Woodsmith, I will say "Thank You" - because I will definitely build one of those. I also like your idea of cleats on opposite ends because when dismounted it needs handles!

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Thank You! The idea came to me here somewhere reading on Routerforums, Made it tried it, then sent it to them because it worked so good for me in my 13" x 19" shop. I won best tip and a K5 kreg pocket hole tool for that one (that I have not used yet). I also just submitted the wedge angle jig used in this guide to them but haven't heard back from them yet.

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