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    Default 2020-2021 Plane Building Challenge

    2020 – 2021 Challenge
    Build a Woodworking Plane

    Overview: In August, 2020 Matt (Simplicity) set himself a challenge to build a woodworking plane; something he had never attempted before. Throughout the course of the build, Matt posted numerous updates and photos of his successes, failures and frustrations here on the Forum. Matt has now announced that he has started on a new challenge – to build a second plane.

    There is a consensus amongst his colleagues that ‘if Matt can build a working plane’ it can’t be all that hard. So Matt it is now officially on – you are being challenged. The members of the woodworking / metalworking forums are now ready to accept the challenge to produce their best woodworking plane. You all have 6 months to give it your best shot!


    • Criteria: The criteria are simple. Every member accepting the challenge has to produce a working plane and post photos of the build and finished item along with a sample of the shaving from a piece of Pine to verify that their plane meets the criteria of a working plane.
    • Materials: Wood, metal, plastic, etc. or any combination.
    • Design: Your plane may be built from your own design, a design downloaded from the internet, a copy of the basic structure of an existing commercial plane, or the modification (improvement) of any of the above.
    • Restoration or modification of an existing plane (as opposed to modifying a design) is not acceptable.
    • Construction: With the exception of the plane blade and chip breaker, which may be bought as a finished component, sending plane blade to a third party for the purpose of hardening and tempering is also acceptable; but all other parts must be made by the forum member using only the tools which they have available in their home workshop.
    • Duration of Challenge: Only items completed between 7 September, 2020 and 26th March 2021 will be eligible for entry in the competition. This will allow time for some of us to upgrade our skill levels, service and sharpen our tools, and source the material and services required to complete the challenge.
    • Judging: A panel of 3 judges has been appointed – IanW (Brisbane Qld), fletty (Camden NSW) and derekcohen (Perth WA). Judging will be based on appearance, originality, workmanship, and most importantly the extent to which the plane is fit for its intended use. Photographs, written documentation, and shaving samples will form the basis for the judges’ decision. The judges’ decision will be final.
    • Prize(s): Depending on the number of entries there will be one or more prizes awarded by the judges. Further details will be posted when numbers are known.
    • How to enter: Each entrant should start their own thread in the Homemade Tools and Jigs, PLANE CHALLENGE 2020-21. The first post should contain “Challenge 2020-2021” and followed by your name e.g. Challenge 2020-2021 Oldgreybeard as the title for your new thread.
    • Submissions: You should regularly post updates and photos along with any requests for advice, etc. to the thread you created when you entered. This will satisfy the requirements for photographs and documentation required by the judges.


    On completion of your plane, submit 4 photos showing off your plane, workmanship and the shavings you created. The judges may, at their discretion, seek clarification of any point but will not enter into any discussion as to their decision.

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    Game on,
    I’m ready.

    Cheers Matt.
    Have I bitten of more than I can chew!!!!

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    I'll be watching with interest.

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    Game on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justonething View Post
    I'll be watching with interest.
    Paul,
    Are you going to jump in and have a go?.

    Cheers Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    Paul,
    Are you going to jump in and have a go?.

    Cheers Matt.
    Have to wait and see if I have enough time and know how.

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    Just to let all know that all the judges are open to bribes ... ugh ... gifts ... a bottle or two or three of red helps keep the mind open when faced with complex plane designs.

    Looking forward to seeing the work.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post
    Just to let all know that all the judges are open to bribes ... ugh ... gifts ... a bottle or two or three of red helps keep the mind open when faced with complex plane designs.

    Looking forward to seeing the work.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Floating around some were at home I think, if that would help[emoji6].

    Cheers Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post
    Just to let all know that all the judges are open to bribes ... ugh ... gifts ... a bottle or two or three of red helps keep the mind open when faced with complex plane designs.

    Looking forward to seeing the work.
    Derek, I thought you would be more interested in whether the blade is bevel up or bevel down than any gifts from the maker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug3030 View Post
    Derek, I thought you would be more interested in whether the blade is bevel up or bevel down than any gifts from the maker.
    Buggah that, Doug, where's the plonk? I'm exhausted just thinking about it all!

    Regards from Perth

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    Sooooooo tempted!

    Need to have a good think while I’m away with work and see if I can come up with a cunning plan...
    Nothing succeeds like a budgie without a beak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Tiff View Post
    Sooooooo tempted!

    Need to have a good think while I’m away with work and see if I can come up with a cunning plan...
    Don't you mean a "cunning plane"

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    Off course I am in and on it D

    Just for clarification it can be any tyoe of plane including specialty planes?

    And I assume it has to be a project not started yet, right?

    Finally, why is it limited for the shaving to come from pine only? Is that what it says?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett View Post
    Off course I am in and on it D

    Just for clarification it can be any tyoe of plane including specialty planes?

    And I assume it has to be a project not started yet, right?

    Finally, why is it limited for the shaving to come from pine only? Is that what it says?


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    If you make something and call it a plane,
    The judges will judge it as being a plane.
    Ie if you want to make a something resembling a axe but call it a plane, fantastic.
    (Yes you can make a specialty plane ?ie a shoulder Plane.)

    Yes it needs to be a new build from the 7 September 2020.(Honest is a big part here)

    No specific length of the shaving, just prove it works.

    Cheers Matt.

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    i would love to join in... however i have a 16 foot bass boat to finish building before i start another major project!!

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