Here is a Dutch-inspired block plane I just
built. Very easy and lots of fun. I had an extra Lie-Nielsen #102 iron so
designed the plane around it.
I knew it was going to have a traditional wedge so that would be simple. The
body, however, required some thought and patience.
Using some David Stanley catalogs as inspiration, I came up with a concept.
Based loosely on the Dutch plane, I made mine with a square sole. It provide
more heft and the wider iron. It also kept the bronze sole plate easy and
I wanted to keep the overall length at 4”. Also, because it is sure to be a
regular user, I incorporated a bronze sole.
I don’t have a lot of pics of the build. I was nose to the grindstone on this
project. But, please enjoy these few pics.
Looking for inspiration. Ahh... found it! Thanks David Stanley.
Layout complete using the L-N #102 iron @1-1/4” width.
This after I used rasps and files. Metal files leave a fine finish.