wangapoa~ handshaped handplanes ~

from the great, dark forest of the Bergisches Land, Germany.

handmade of oak, mahagony, paulownia, ash, douglas fir & balsa.

this is all work in progress...

What is what

Ash / Oak / Paulownia / Balsa
Mahagony / Red Cedar / Douglas Fir

Wood Finish

Ash, oak, fir & paulownia handplanes will have a linseed or tung oil finish.
Handplanes made from Balsa have a few coatings of marine varnish.
Plywood handplanes will have a few coatings of marine varnish or Le Tonkinois, still experimenting.

The Future

I'm currently working & testing on several solutions for my handplanes:

  1. Edge-glued wood & massive lumberthe router jig method

    The wood of choice is glued together or one piece of massive lumber and afterwards shaped with a router on different jigs from top and bottom. It's quite a mess, but works pretty well.

  2. Laminated plywood & veneer the fake vacuum method

    Several layers of thin plywood are laminated together with a top layer of american walnut veneer. While the glue drys, the handplane will be strapped to a negative form in order to get the concave right. Once dryed, it will be finished with several coatings of marine varnish.

  3. Steam bent hardwoodthe "hottest" method

    This method was what I initially wanted to build the handplanes from. I soon realized that steam bending wood is not as easy as it first looked, so this is the future...

The objective is to get a deep concave for maximun lift and holding power on the wave face. This will be accomplished by one of the three solutions above.


#1 works just fine, I'm about to tackle #2 #2 works pretty good, too and #3 is something for the wintertime...

Multi Stringer Handplane

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40
10
5
10
10
10
5
10
40
40

SwallowTail190 x 420mm

DolphinTail205 x 430mm

PinTail190 x 460mm

CutOut195 x 420mm

BatWing230 x 430mm

Single Stringer

40
40
20
20
20
40
40

SwallowTail190 x 420mm

DolphinTail205 x 430mm

PinTail190 x 460mm

CutOut195 x 420mm

BatWing230 x 430mm

Pure Oak / Ash / Paulownia / Douglas Fir

40
40
20
20
20
40
40

SwallowTail190 x 420mm

DolphinTail205 x 430mm

PinTail190 x 460mm

CutOut195 x 420mm

BatWing230 x 430mm

Mixed Oak / Ash / Paulownia & Mahagony

40
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
40

SwallowTail190 x 420mm

DolphinTail205 x 430mm

PinTail190 x 460mm

CutOut195 x 420mm

BatWing230 x 430mm

Bended Plywood / Cork & Walnut Veneer

V = 0.5mm Walnut Veneer
P = 3mm Poplar Plywood
C = 3mm Cork

V - P - C - P - C - P15.5 x 300mm

V - P - C - P12.5 x 300mm

V - P - C - P9.5 x 300mm

V - P - P - P9.5 x 300mm

Work in Progess