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  1. #1
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    Apr 2018
    N. Texas

    German-style Horned Smoother with Texas (and Greek!) Twists

    Just finished up this horned smoother. This is my fourth attempt at making a plane and the second successful, after a jack plane I made a few months ago.

    The primary materials are Honey Mesquite for the body and Texas Ebony for the sole and handles. The inlay is TE, maple, and Osage Orange. The iron is a vintage 1 3/4" double iron by Sheffield Steel Products/Peepul. Sole length is 8 1/2" (9 1/2" overall including the rear grip) and the iron is bedded at 50.

    The wedge is a temporary one of stained walnut in case I decide to upgrade the iron to modern steel in the future. Texas Ebony is hard to source and hard to work so no sense wasting it on what might be a temporary wedge.

    The story behind the inlaid eyes is that the mesquite had a borer hole where the left eye is located. Borer holes are common in the sapwood of mesquite, though this one was a bit unusual in extending a bit into the heartwood. I planned from the beginning to put some kind of inlay there to cover the hole, but didn't have a plan beyond that. When I was making the horn I noticed that the profile of a horned plane somewhat resembles that of an Ancient Greek trireme. Triremes commonly had eyes painted on the bow in the area that corresponds to where the borer hole was, so I decided to run with that for the inlay. I took it a little further by shaping the rear grip to resemble a trireme's stern too.

    Overall I'm pretty happy with both its appearance and performance, which I'd say is at least on par with my current "smoother", the L-N #62 you can see the the background. Adjusting a wooden smoother is a bit more fiddly than my wooden jack plane, but I expect I'll get the hang of it.

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    Left Profile Rear Quarter Front Quarter Right Profile just to prove she doesn't just have one good side! Jack plane for comparison

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Joshua; congrats,

    the following shows a German Horned Smoothing Plane that I made;


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Austin Texas
    I like it Joshua, very nice work and the eyes cap it off. Another very good looking plane from Stewie as well. Thanks for the photos guys.

  4. #4
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    Sep 2007
    Longview WA
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    Great work Joshua, if nothing else those eyes staring at the work should scare the lumber into submission.

    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  5. #5
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    Jun 2016
    Nice work. I really like the look.

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