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1957 Chevy Hand Plane

author-gravatar KuffysWoodwork Aug 20, 2017

I made a smaller wooden hand plane shaped like a sports car last year, and it was pretty cool if I do say so myself. So now I found myself with the desire for a longer, jointer type, hand plane and I couldn't live with myself if I just made a plain jane square block shaped plane. So I decided to make a hand plane by stretching the scale of a 1957 Chevy convertible along its length to make it a suitable for a jointer at 590mm long (~23"). 


Made from Redgum for the body, Tassie Oak for the interior, and Myrtle for the chrome shiny trim like the pin striping and bumper bars. 

It's not perfect, but it's a car made from timber so I prefer it to be imperfect and cartoony rather than a showroom special. Especially since I need to hit it with a hammer to make adjustments to the blade setting.

Let me know what you think. I think it's awesome, if that counts for anything :D

My trusty Stanley #4 in the background, and my beast in the foreground. 

I think he is smiling at you.

Those rims are sick bro! :D

Man I love the wings on the older cars.

Missing jet boosters!

The blade is 50mm wide toolsteel from HNT Gordon. 

Left to right we have Tassie Oak, Jarrah, Myrtle (pink colour), Clear Pine, and Blackwood shavings. The plane struggled on the harder Jarrah which I found to be odd. I made some adjustments, and now the plane is taking nice shavings on everything instead of crumpling the harder timbers. 

3 comments

Holy crap that is awesome! Very unique plane. Thanks for sharing.

Wow! Precision and creativity, well executed!

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