Make a Krenov-Style Wooden Plane


Make a Krenov-Style Wooden Plane *Cancelled*

Make a wooden bodied smoothing plane in the style favored by famed cabinetmaker James Krenov.


Tue, 11/7/2023 - Wed, 11/8/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking


A tuned wooden hand plane works as well as a premium metal plane and is soft on the hand. And you can make it with a flat bottom or one with a curve, perfect for challenges like backing out a boat plank or shaping concave parts of furniture. James Krenov, who inspired a generation of woodworkers to create details with hand tools, used these planes to smooth curved doors on furniture, a signature feature of his cabinets.

Day 1: Lay out the plane body, bore for the throat wedge and locator dowels, resaw the blank, cut out the throat and frog bed, flatten the frog bed, and cut a groove for the chip-breaker screw. Then glue up the plane body.

Day 2: Clean up the glued-up plane body, shape its form to fit your hand, and make and fit a wedge to the chip breaker. Form the sole into a curve, if you wish. Adjust the throat to fit the iron, and grind, sharpen and hone the blade. Use your plane to smooth some wood. Learn how to adjust the depth of cut.

By the end of the class, you should know how to make additional planes if you want custom sizes or sole shapes.


The materials fee, included in the class fee, covers oak and maple for the plane bodies,  a premium 2-inch-wide plane iron with a breaker, and shop supplies.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

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