Every tool collection needs a good hand plane. Without taking up too much space, it can quickly and quietly tweak your woodworking projects. And it doesn’t have to be an elaborate tool — Woodsmith offers a kit for making a simple wooden hand plane.
The kit comes with two blocks of wood, two brass sides, hardware, a chip breaker, and a hardened iron blade that measures 3/16″ thick by 1-1/2″ wide. You’ll have to shape the blocks of wood to the desired profile and finish — that’s most of the work of assembling the kit. Apart from that, you’ll just have to screw on the hardware and tune it up a bit. The only thing odd about the kit: you adjust the blade by loosening an Allen-head screw on the underside of the plane, which makes adjusting the depth of cut slightly awkward.
Like most DIY projects, you can make it as complex as you want it to be. You can accomplish it with just a few hand tools, and the finishing can be as polished as you want. It’s a nice project to undertake, and a good gift to give someone. I made my own a few years ago, and I decided to finish the brass sides with engine turnings.
The kit regularly costs $60, but it’s currently on sale for $48. Woodsmith also makes kits for other projects, like a chisel plane and a bevel gauge.
Plane Kit [Woodsmith]