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PLN101J23 Make a Krenov-Style Wooden Hand Plane with Dave Fleming

October, 21 - October, 22 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Famed woodworker James Krenov (1920-2009) was world-renowned for making and using hand planes at the very highest level of craftsmanship. He described his planes as “fine instruments,” and instructed his own students in the art of making tools that are as beautiful as they are functional.

David Fleming learned plane-making directly from James Krenov when he studied with him at College of the Redwoods, 1984-1986, and he is delighted to pass on that knowledge to another generation of woodworkers.

In this two-day class we will make a wooden-bodied smoothing plane, exactly as Krenov himself made his. The finished tool will be approximately 10” long and will feature a 38mm (1-1/2″) Hock plane iron, designed specifically for this style of plane. This plane is well-suited for a wide variety of shop tasks, including for planing wood surfaces to a smooth finish.

What’s more, the same construction methods can be used to make planes of any width and length, as well as specialty tools such as round-bottomed planes, rabbet planes, etc.

On Day 1, we will start with a single block of hard maple and will resaw the “cheeks,” saw the bed and escapement angles, rout a recess for the chip-breaker screw head, carve and fit the crosspin, and glue up the whole assembly.

On Day 2, we will make a small plane-adjusting hammer, sharpen and prepare the plane iron, clean up the plane body, flatten the sole, make a trial and final wedge, and take the plane’s first shavings. The last step will be to shape the plane body using the bandsaw and various hand tools.

By the end of the weekend, you will have an elegant and supremely useful plane, as well as the knowledge of how to make additional tools in the classic Krenov manner. It’s easy once you know how!

Prerequisites: None. All levels welcome.
Tools required: None. All tools and materials supplied by the school.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

Please note: If you are paying by cash or check, your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

Thank you for your understanding.

Meet your Instructor

David Fleming learned basic carpentry as a matter of necessity while living for many years remote northwest Alaska for many years. In the 1980’s, he discovered the work of woodworking icon James Krenov, and spent two years studying with Krenov at the renowned Fine Woodworking program at California’s College of the Redwoods. David relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 1993 and has made furniture there ever since. An expert in hand tool use, he has taught Krenov-inspired woodworking techniques to small classes and groups since 2009. Visit www.dfcabinetmaker.com


October 21@9:00 am MST
October 22@5:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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Make a Krenov-Style Wooden Hand Plane with Dave Fleming
$ 435.00