Jack Plane with New Tote

How does the new Tote look?

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I think you should make a real one so you can get a grip on it.

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Exactly

Agree with Dave. Might be worth doing some mock-ups , you can try different width, angles etc. to come up with what feels best in your hand.

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I have an old “woodworking for boys” book from around 1900. It starts with a section about making your own tools, including a plane. I don’t have it at hand now, but I think that you have to have a plane to make one.

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Yes you do. You have to have the blade too. I have block, smoothing, shoulder, plow, and a spoke shave and a few other specialty planes. Some I made.

How did they make the first plane?

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It just … Was.

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Havested it from a plane tree.
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Oh, maybe a drawknife. I have one of those too.

Making your own tools is a traditional first assignment when learning many craft trades. At the Finnish School of Watchmaking the students still start by making their own hand tools.

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