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.

Brazilian Rosewood Planes

While at Woodworking In America 2013, I had a customer visit my booth and ask if I was interested in making some planes using a wonderful old piece of Brazilian Rosewood he had recently purchased. This Rosewood had been sitting in a warehouse over 35 years, before the current CITES ban was instituted. In exchange for his two planes, I was able to make a few others to sell. These are the stunning planes that have been purchased so far! I do have material available for a few more planes in this wonderful and rare wood, including a Smoother with a Blackwood sole and 50° bed angle. Contact me for more info if you are interested in one of them.

Andy’s 22″ Jointer and Block Plane:
This Jointer is the definition of “one of a kind”. It is the only one of its kind that will be made. Quite possibly my favorite plane I’ve ever made. The Block Plane has a fascinating streak of white sap wood on one edge that really adds even more character.

12″ Brazilian Rosewood Jack Planes

Made a couple of these 12″ Jacks. The sap wood worked out perfectly on the top of the second Jack. It is one of my favorite planes I’ve ever made.

55° Brazilian Rosewood Smoother:
This gorgeous smoother is about an inch and a half shorter than my normal smoothers. Combined with the high 55° bed angle, this is a perfect plane for localized clean up of difficult grain patterns.

Brazilian Rosewood Block Plane
Another great Block Plane. Love the dark streak on the right side. I have enough material for 2-3 more of these. If interested in one, use the contact me widget on the left or the contact/about me page to email me about it.

Cocobolo Jointer

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?

14″ Cocobolo Jack

I wasn’t planning on working in Cocobolo again, but a customer begged me nicely after falling in love with the pictures of the Cocobolo Jointer above. This Jack is also a custom size of 14″ long. The weight of this plane means that it will just muscle through heavier shavings that makes a Jack a workhorse. Yes, even a workhorse can be stunning to look at.

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.

Bocote and White Oak Smoother

Another commissioned plane with a custom wood combination. The high contrast between early and late wood in the Bocote is balanced with the White Oak wedge to make a plane that is as fun to use as it looks.

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.

Applewood

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.

28″ Mesquite and Blackwood Jointer

This custom 28″ Mesquite and Blackwood Jointer turned out beautifully and nicely matched the other planes the customer had previously purchased in this combination.

 

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Jay Broadwell October 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I am having trouble signing in to your website I have been there before but I can't find the sign in box now. Thanks Jay@madbroad.com

Sandy Mackie February 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Scott. I am finishing up my shop cabinets. Please send the dimensions of the three planes on order do I can customize the storage areas. Do you have an estimate for the shipping date? L W H Thanks Sandy amackie@perkinscoie.com.

Scott Meek February 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

Just sent you an email Sandy.

Andy Brownell March 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

I am both tremendously excited and honored to add these exquisite, one of a kind pieces for my tool box. They are true works of functional art that can't be found anywhere. I promise to use these as they were meant to be used - on wood, rather than a mantle piece object (although they are quite suitable for that as well). The Brazilian Rosewood is particularly special because of it's origin from the owner of Midwest Woodworking and a dear friend, Frank David who passed away last year. The pieces were the remnant "billets" from a veneering operation in the 1960's from what I was told. Thanks Scott!

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