Build a Round Plane


  • Port Townsend School of Woodworking Fort Worden Way Port Townsend, WA, 98368 United States

One of my favorite places to visit and teach is the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Its a stunning place of huge trees, sparking blue water, snow capped mountains, and long sand beaches. I walk along one of those beaches to class each day when the tide is not too high. The town of Port Townsend is funky, laid back and hip. I'll be there for my usual two weeks starting just after the annual WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL, not to be missed.

The two weeks starts with a 2 day class on building a molding plane. The round bottomed plane we'll build (it cuts a cove or hollow) will be useful in the second class for smoothing the back of the curved doors we will build for our curved coopered cabinets. Being able to make a plane is a useful skill for whatever your needs might be. We will lay out and chop an angled bed for the blade, shape a round sole on the solid beech body (your choice), heat treat and sharpen a round blade (we'll start with a piece of white paper steel), fashion a shapely wedge to lock the blade in position, and tune our planes.