Stephen Boone Hand Made Mini-Planes

These little finger planes are Stephen Boone's design, and are hand crafted by him in small batches. These little planes are great for shaving the braces while voicing an acoustic guitar top. They can also be used for carving tight areas where full sized planes cannot reach, and for carving necks. The curved mini plane is great for scalloping braces. Stephen puts a lot of work into making these the best mini-planes on the market.


Finger Plane Side View
In Use

Hand Made Mini-Planes

They are made with East Indian Rosewood sides, Maple bottoms, and Mahogany wedge. The pin in the middle is made of brass, and the 1/8" thick steel is tempered and comes razor sharp and ready to use. You will notice that the sides of the plane are beveled, and this allows you to use the plane at about a 45 degree angle for trimming braces very close to the top. There is no finish on these planes, so you can apply any finish you desire to protect it from the elements.

The blades are made from O-1 tool steel raw bar stock. I cut blanks about 2 inches long and then shape the blade profile with files and grinders by hand. The blades start at two inches long to make them easy to sharpen with a jig. They are then heat treated with and oxy-aceteylene torch and quench in oil. After tempering, they are cleaned and lapped and then honed to a razor edge. They are then assembled where there is a bevel on the outer edges to allow braces to be shaved right down to the level of the top. Also there is a bevel on the leading and trailing edges of the planes to help prevent damage to the top and to allow a slight scooping motion during planing.

Bottom Bevel ViewDimensions of Plane: 1 1/2 " Long x 1" Tall x 3/4" Wide

Dimensions of Iron: 1 7/8 " Long x 1/2" Wide x 1/8" Thick

We no longer offer these for sale as Stephen no longer makes these

 

Pictures of Curved Bottom Plane:

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How To Use:

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS FROM STEPHEN

 

1. Adjustment of the depth of cut is simple. Remove the wedge and the blade. This is done by gently pulling the wedge out of the body. Make sure the blade does not fall out unexpectedly.

Parts of the Mini-Plane

2. Place the plane on a flat wood surface. For a shallow cut place a single sheet of paper under the leading edge of the plane. Replace the blade with the bevel down. This makes the cutting edge very close to the front of the mouth of the plane. In the picture below the wedge is just sitting in place and not pushed in all the way.

Setting the Depth

3. Make sure the blade is seated flat in the bed and then gently but firmly replace the wedge. The plane is ready to use. This is usually the only depth setting that you. However, if you want a deeper cut you can use a business card instead of a single sheet of paper.

Replacing the wedge


 

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