Custom Plane Portfolio
Sometimes I will make planes out of a unique wood that I don’t regularly offer. This is either due to a customer request for something different, or I came across a piece of wood that was destined to become a plane. I will share pictures of these unique planes here. If you are at all interested in requesting a custom plane, please contact me here.
I wanted to try a plane in this beautiful wood, so why not a 36″ long beast of a jointer? It really turned out to be possibly the most stunning plane I’ve ever made. I was somewhat sad to see it go to it’s new home when it sold. Throughout the process of building it, I learned more about the allergy causing qualities of working with this exotic wood, and decided that it isn’t a species I will use on a regular basis. It sure did turn out beautifully on this plane though, wouldn’t you agree?
Spessart Oak and Bocote Jointer
This 22″ jointer was commissioned in Spessart Oak (German White Oak) and Bocote. The customer requested a full Bocote sole to help really set it apart. The results, as you can see, are quite beautiful. The Oak and Bocote are a great match.
Spessart Oak and Bocote Smoother
I had enough material left from the jointer above that I made a couple other matching planes. One of them being this smoother. With the bed angle at 55°, this is certainly a premium smoother that can handle anything thrown at it.
I had a customer request an Applewood Smoothing Plane. What an absolutely beautiful wood! Even better, it is wonderful to work with and is perfect for use in planes. I ended up finding a block of Applewood that was large enough for a couple smoothers and block planes. If it were easier to find in pieces large enough, I would love to offer it regularly, however, Apple trees just don’t grow that large very often.
Mesquite and African Blackwood 12″ Jack
Sometimes I get access to larger blanks of Mesquite. This Short Jack was for a customer who loves the Mesquite and Blackwood combination on his Smoother and requested it in this plane as well. I really think this is the most stunning wood combination I offer. If you have a request for a custom Mesquite plane, shoot me an email and we will see what we can come up with.