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gspears
02-19-2015, 01:07 PM
Hello all. I have been using chisels to shape my bracing and tone bars. I was thinking of buying a small plane to have greater control. I see several on eBay, but who knows if they are quality or junk. Do any of you have a recommendation for a small plane to work bracing and tone bars?

Thanks, Greg

mzuch
02-19-2015, 02:05 PM
The mini planes that cost about $3 at Home Depot work great for this. Just sharpen the blade after you buy it.

Alain Lambert
02-20-2015, 03:34 AM
You can also make your own.
http://dunwellguitar.com/FingerPlanes/MyDesign.htm

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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
02-20-2015, 05:08 AM
I use Ibex convex planes.

gspears
02-20-2015, 06:07 AM
Chuck, Which sizes do you use the most? or do you just have one "go to" plane?

gspears
02-20-2015, 06:08 AM
really cool idea Alain. I'm going to save the link you posted.

Wildestcat
02-20-2015, 07:11 AM
I use both of these for brace work. The ebony plane is a Chinese item from eBay. I added an insert to the throat to tighten up the mouth, but otherwise great value. The blade is a lot better than you might expect.
The Veritas miniature plane may be a luxury, but it isn't a toy and works very well indeed.
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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
02-20-2015, 08:31 AM
Chuck, Which sizes do you use the most? or do you just have one "go to" plane?

Gary, I use one plane only, exclusively for tuning braces after the top is glued to the sides It is: Ibex Finger Plane #50503. The blade is 12mm wide. I use this plane sparingly and only for the use mentioned. I've had it for over 10 years and have never found the need (yet) to sharpen the blade.

gspears
02-20-2015, 09:16 AM
Great info everyone. Thank you. I've done a little research and have decided on two planes. I purchased the Veritas miniature block plane that Wildestcat recommended, and I purchased the Ibex 12mm x 36mm plane that Chuck uses. cant wait for them to get here. I am building a kasha braced ukulele right now, so the Ibex will get used right away.

Michael Smith
02-20-2015, 07:20 PM
I use the Ibex planes as well. I do have my eye on the Veritas Detail Palm Planes carried by Lee Valley.

Sven
02-20-2015, 08:29 PM
Michael, if you want the double convex detail plane from Veritas, give me a shout. I never use mine. I have the smallest Inex planes and a bent japanese gouge for braces.