Custom Smoothing Plane
There’s nothing like using a tool you built yourself. This smoothing plane features old-world construction.
The parade of planes available for you to use in preparing wood come in all shapes and sizes — and it’s not about looks, they each shine at performing specific duties. For example the smoothing plane you see above is designed to do just that — smooth. It’s the plane that’s last in line for stock preparation. You might have to do some touch-up with a scraper, or some light sanding, but I’ve seen many times where the board is good to go after being kissed by a well-tuned smoothing plane. To give the plane good looks and long life, we combined the two woods you see in photos. The body is made of cherry that’s warm to the eye (and workable) out of the gate, and mellows with age. Epoxied to the bottom of the body is a strip of lignum vitae — this wood is renown for its hardness and durability, and will give the plane a long life of enjoyable service.
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What You Get:
- 7 pages of step-by-step instructions
- 20 full-color photos, illustrations, and exploded views
- Materials List & Project Supplies Sources
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.
All of the information that you need to build our plans can be found in the standard plan. However, if you want even more granular detail to make your job easier, you should consider our premium plans. These come with additional shop diagrams that we drew when creating the prototypes. Shop drawings are not available for every plan.