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...

The Lineup

Paulownia & Mahagony, Oak, Ash...

Edge-glued Paulownia with strips of Mahagony, Ash, Oak
Finished with linseedoil or tungoil

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Bended Plywood & Veneer

0.5mm Veneer (Walnut, Mahagony, Ash, Oak, etc.)
4mm Marine Plywood
Sealed with marine varnish or epoxy

Three layers of 4mm marine plywood and 0.5mm veneer 12.5 x 300mm

Veneers

Walnut SwallowTail190 x 420mm

Oak DolphinTail205 x 430mm

Ash PinTail190 x 460mm

Oak CutOut195 x 420mm

Walnut BatWing230 x 430mm

Ash MiniPin170 x 300mm

Work in Progess