A Krenov style plane to suit a 42mm plane blade from a block plane. The plane block is styled like a Japanese plane block, i.e. a block with chamfered edges.< Back to Main Page
When I first began woodworking, I bought a cheap block plane for menial work, rounding edges, clearing tearout, etc. After I had to convert to using hand tools, this block plane was no longer sufficient for more involved duties such as smoothing surfaces and squaring edges. The blade was adequate, but the plane body and overall setup made it difficult to use, create a nice finish and keep steady.
A Japanese plane block was considered first, however, the western style blade meant it would not self-seat in the plane block. An easy to make body and system was required. A Krenov plane body is one of the easiest to make. Thus, it was chosen as the style for the wooden plane body.
A design was created to blend the Krenov construction with a Japanese style. Using a metal pin rather than a wood dowel for holding the blade, and having a square block with chamfered edges would achieve the look.
Pine was chosen for the body as I had a 42mm post which would work perfectly.
The plane manages to achieve a Japanese-style look to an extent. Nonetheless it is functional and works much better than the original block plane. The 3mm music wire was surprisingly as strong as a usual pin.