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Maple and Bloodwood Handplane

By Jim

I’ve recently been able to get back in to the shop.  While working on a toybox for my neice that I started almost two years ago, I stole some time to make a wooden handplane.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while since I found these plans.

After shopping for a while, I found blades for wooden planes from Lee Valley. They gave enough information for me to realize it was basically just a rectangular piece of metal with a bevel ground on one end. Being cheapfrugal, I searched and found a similarly sized piece of the same O1 tool steel from This cost about the same price for a length that would yeild at least three plane blades.

I made the body and wedge out of hard maple, and the sole and pin out of bloodwood. Both hard and dense woods that should last for a long time. As you can see, my metal-working skills aren’t quite up to par, but the blade should do.

There are a couple of other different sets of plans for wooden hand planes that I want to make too:

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How To Make A Card Scraper Holder

By Jim

Scrapers are an excellent way to prepare a surface for finish.  They are more efficient than abrasives and produce a nicer surface.  Unfortunately, it can be tiring holding the scraper in a bent position while using it, and it can get uncomfortably hot.  Some companies sell holders for scrapers, but I made my own.

What you’ll need

  • A scrap piece of hardwood
  • Two 3/4″ pan-head screws
  • Two fender washers
  • A thumbscrew (about 1″ long) and nut to fit it
  • Epoxy


  1. Cut a scrap piece of 3/4″ thick hardwood a couple of inches wider and 1/2″ or so shorter than your scraper (I used red oak)
  2. Center your scraper width-wise and draw lines down the edges for the screws to hold it to the board
  3. Mark the center of the of the board for the thumbscrew that will hold it bent
  4. Drill a pilot hole for the pan-head screws, centered vertically, the width of your screws plus an 1/8″ outside each line you drew marking the edges
  5. Drill a hole in the center of the board the diameter of the nut as deep as the nut is thick
  6. Drill a hole all the way through the center of the board slightly larger than the thumbscrew – it should be snug but slip through without force
  7. Center the nut over the larger center hole and trace the outline
  8. Use a chisel to remove wood for the nut recess following your outline
  9. Epoxy the nut into the recess and let dry
  10. Lay the scraper flat on the block and fasten it down with the panhead screws and washers
  11. Thread the thumbscrew through the back of the block and tighten until the scraper is bent to the desired shape

You can also round the edges of the block to make it more comfortable.  Enjoy!

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