wangapoa~ handshaped handplanes ~

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

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

this is all work in progress...

What is what

Ash / Oak / Paulownia / Balsa
Mahagony / Red Cedar

Wood Finish

Ash, oak & paulownia handplanes will have a linseed or tung oil finsh.
Handplanes made from Balsa have a few coatings of marine varnish.

The Future

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

  1. Edge-glued wood the router jig method

    The wood of choice is glued together 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, and solution #3 is something for the wintertime...

Multi Stringer Handplane

40
40
10
5
10
10
10
5
10
40
40

WingSwallow™190 x 420mm

DolphinTail™205 x 430mm

PinTail™190 x 460mm

CutOut™195 x 420mm

Single Stringer

40
40
20
20
20
40
40

WingSwallow™190 x 420mm

DolphinTail™205 x 430mm

PinTail™190 x 460mm

CutOut™195 x 420mm

Pure Oak / Ash / Paulownia

40
40
20
20
20
40
40

WingSwallow™190 x 420mm

DolphinTail™205 x 430mm

PinTail™190 x 460mm

CutOut™195 x 420mm

Mixed Oak / Ash / Paulownia & Mahagony

40
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
40

WingSwallow™190 x 420mm

DolphinTail™205 x 430mm

PinTail™190 x 460mm

CutOut™195 x 420mm

Work in Progess