Scott Meek Smoothing Plane Build

I have a fetish for boutique tools.  Unfortunately, my bank account has a fetish for remaining too low to make these boutique tool purchases. So until my bank account is anti-fetish, I choose (my wife chooses for me, rather) to make my own tools.  A few months back I made a wood smoothing plane (a gift from my lovely wife) from air dried white oak as directed by Scott Meek in his DVD Make a Wooden Smoothing Plane and I could not be happier with the result.  Though I did not take many shots of this build, Scott’s video and plans make the process very simple.  Just make sure all your surfaces are flat and square to a side when they need to.

If you have been tossing around the idea of making your own plane I suggest you catch it with both hands and follow Scott’s instructions.  He makes incredible planes and gives great direction to making your own.

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The plane body made of white oak. Blade and wedge are out.

6 months after I made the plane I finally got a proper file to open the side a bit more to allow for lateral blade adjustment.  I have to say it works beautifully.

Smoothing the edges of the chisel rack  case side.
Smoothing the edges of the chisel rack case side.

I have the mouth of the plane set very tight to the blade.  I will set the chip breaker even closer to the cutting edge of the blade to produce an even finer shaving.  I see this plane getting a lot of use in the coming months.

Scott, you are awesome!  Thanks for inspiring the community and teaching us how to produce such fine tool.

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