Making a Mini Low Angle Block Plane with Dovetails

Making a Mini Low Angle Block Plane with Dovetails

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This was one of my favourite projects to make and I reckon it came out pretty awesome! I’m looking at getting a milling machine and/or metal lathe so I may have another go at making the plane with those machines in the future.

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  1. M Lankford on May 1, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Is the love of filing an Aussie thing? Clickspring seems to really enjoy it also!😃😃 JK, keep up the great work. (Come to think of it, it’s been too long since I’ve had a Fosters!)

  2. Eduardo Pekush on May 1, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    That’s pure therapy. How long did it take to finish?

  3. rob winter on May 1, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Watched and really enjoyed how you created this. Thank you for sharing. A+

  4. Jonathan Nicholls on May 1, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Where do you get plate brass and steel like this from? I’d love to make an infill mallet, but I can’t find any suitable plate metals to use for it. 🙁

  5. john vine on May 1, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I really want to come round there and grind that weld spatter off your vice!

  6. Paul Allen on May 1, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Beautiful!! 😍😍

  7. Christopher Allan on May 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Pask Files

  8. Gene Pavlovsky on May 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Lovely video and nice result. Some of the methods are not perfect, but I like how lack of some tool doesn’t stop you, there’s always some workaround – even if those workarounds might take lots more time than a "proper" one would. I do enjoy filing and watching you filing. With good technique and quality files, it actually is not so hard going, as one might assume based on childhood experience using a dull file from grandpa’s garage.
    I know you mentioned you are getting good results with heat treating, but I’d like to mention to the viewers, that when using a toaster oven for tempering, it must be understood that their temperature control leaves a lot to be desired. The calibration of the temperature dial is usually far from exact, there is usually some overshoot, and the temperature can fluctuate quite a lot (by 30-50C, easily). So at least check your oven out in advance using a temperature probe (bbq thermometer, multimeter+thermocouple, …), to know what to expect. Alternatively, the oven can be retrofitted with an affordable PID controller (search for "pid controlled tempering oven" for more details).

  9. Andre1974dias Antonio on May 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Lindos trabalhos. from Brasil.

  10. D.Edward Rice on May 1, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Many years ago I used to work on HVAC systems and when we needed to solder things we used a product called Sil-Fos. We were working mainly with copper and brass but it seems I can remember using it on stainless steel too but I could be dreaming. Anyway, no flux was needed and the stuff flowed beautifully. Even if it doesn’t work with stainless you may be doing some brass, bronze, and/or copper fabricating sometime and I know for sure that the stuff works really well with those materials.

  11. ĐẠI PHÚC VINH CNC ĐỒNG NAI on May 1, 2022 at 7:01 pm


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  13. John Edmundson on May 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Fantastic work. One question. Did you replace your wife’s bread pan yet?

  14. Don Smith on May 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Dang Neil give that poor old Vise a little love… Great Video as usual..

  15. Hank Hall on May 1, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Your large belt sander is most impressive, did you make that also? If not, what brand is it? Thanks for the great show!

  16. Loyd Alexander on May 1, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I like it more each time I watch it wow that’s cool

  17. Craig Jacob on May 1, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Simply fascinating.

  18. flyboy 1 on May 1, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    …if you only had a milling machine…

  19. Ruben Gonzalez on May 1, 2022 at 7:08 pm


  20. Braden Hosking on May 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Watching your videos reminds me to slow down and enjoy the whole process. Sometimes I get fixated on getting it done and rush through some aspects of the build. It’s not so much sloppy fabrication as it’s that I have so many things I want to build that I forget to enjoy the one I’m currently doing. Someday I will learn. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Lourenco Santiago on May 1, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Wonderful! Congratulations! Master piece! Im from Brazil.

  22. Nabil Mokdad on May 1, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks to you for this amazing project

  23. Lee Laird Jr. on May 1, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Move over Carter and Holtey! Seriously, hats off and well done!

    Oh, there was one thing I couldn’t quite make out for certain, which was the steel you used for the iron. Sounded like you may have said it was 1075, but my ears aren’t what they once were. Cheers, Lee

  24. slave No. 4028 on May 1, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    its crazy to see him do all that and what all is possible! I feel like people have been made so impotent even in their thoughts, by mystifying everything or at least not really teaching about it, and having consumerist singe-use mentality.. Like, I would throw perfectly good (probably) stuff away because I wouldn’t know if and how it was fixable, if there was some top-coat/finish that I would ruin, can you use a tool that has written "metal" on it also for wood if you don’t have anythign else.. things like this. I’m so limited & insecure in my mind as I never learned these things.

  25. Rui Pedro Silva on May 1, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Gorgeous work!!

  26. Michael Eliot on May 1, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Dat anvil, ah ma gawd.

  27. Michael Lee on May 1, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Excellent work

  28. Jay MyLotto on May 1, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Your work is outstanding, but you might want to work on your intonation.
    Everything sounds monotonous except for the middle of your sentences where it’s as if you’re asking a questio. And then at the ends of paragraphs you go "up" like you’re reading a text with great difficulty and you’re relieved you finally reached the end of the text.

  29. freddiemercurious on May 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Has Lie-Neilsen called you yet? They can use all the help they can get! I know it would be quite a commute, but you’ll get used to it! Seriously, you inspire me with your easygoing personality and resourcefulness. I’m certain this project took weeks if not months, and you captured the highlights wonderfully. I’ve been subscribed for quite a while and love your videos. I saw the video where you built the base for the fly press, and I’ve always coveted your belt sander. Your stamp on the lever cap says it all. As you would say, "I reckon that’s a beautiful plane," and it looks handmade–just as it should. Great job, mate!!

  30. dafeichu on May 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Fantastic job. One of the nicest planes I’ve ever seen. Well done.

  31. F lx on May 1, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Absolutely fantastic 😍
    Looks so beautiful and seems to work good too. If you ever decide to build a batch of these i want to get one. 👌🥸

  32. Symon Phoenyx on May 1, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I have watched this video a few times, but I just realized the brass sides look like little dinosaurs 🦕 😅 😂 🤣

  33. Minh Tran on May 1, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Your bloody amazing. So many different skills. Great work 👏

  34. Bear Shield on May 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Nicely done

  35. Matt Kent on May 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Never get tired of watching you. If I’d had pask in highschool I would have become a tradesman for sure

  36. Dylan Parker on May 1, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Your detailed breakdown of the steps involved helps make the idea of attempting this so much less daunting.

  37. Cypok on May 1, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Очень круто. Очень

  38. PandemicPastimes on May 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    You anneal almost all metals except steel by heating and quenching.

  39. Brian Falls on May 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Nice job on the plane there Neil. You do fine work sir!

  40. Ben Winchester on May 1, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Young Je would be proud

  41. Demonic Squid on May 1, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    "I really like filing…"
    If this YouTube thing doesn’t work out at least you’ll always have a job in a nail salon.

  42. Matt Luszczak on May 1, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Brah beautifull. I cannot believe you stuck a magnet to the iron to sand it down. Good ideas in this vid!

  43. David Morris on May 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    I love the whole project, but I think my favorite part is that little piece of rosewood. I have so many tiny scraps of exotic woods, and it gives me hope that someday I might actually use one or two of them.

  44. scott haddad on May 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful little plane!
    I bought a small plane about that size back in the eighties.
    It was made from cast iron but had a very soft blade. It was in the one dollar tool bin so I didn’t expect much. After I made a new iron from an old chisel that became my favorite plane to keep in my pouch.

  45. Rick Strodder on May 1, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    So beautiful and remarkable craftsmanship. So enjoyed watching you create this lovely thing. Thankyou

  46. ducatista1098s on May 1, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Never heard of someone who enjoys filing

  47. Desmond Smith on May 1, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Very Nicely done. I enjoyed the silver soldering, and learned a lot. Look up Young Je for beautifully crafted planes as well. His methods are similar to yours. I have always enjoyed your work and wish you well

  48. Steven Stallabrass on May 1, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Beautiful job!!

  49. pangrac1 on May 1, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Instrad of endless filing I would rather use Dremel as much as I can.

  50. naycnay on May 1, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    That’s a beautiful little plane!