Here’s The World’s Smallest Wood Plane…Probably

Admittedly, we aren’t really in a position to confirm whether or not the miniature wood plane put together by [Daniel d’Entremont] is actually the smallest in the world, but we’re willing to take his word for it. At the very least, we certainly haven’t seen a smaller one.

In the video below, [Daniel] crafts the diminutive tool from a small block of wood by first slicing off a square using a band saw and then switching over to a small hand saw to cut out the individual pieces. These are glued together to make the body of the plane, and the shank of a small drill bit is used to hold down the wedge and blade. All told it’s about 1/2 of an inch long, and is fully functional…or at least, as functional as a 1/2 inch wood plane can be.

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17 thoughts on “Here’s The World’s Smallest Wood Plane…Probably

      1. English can be weird. A fly wanted to fly with his fly open. Even Google translate can’t figure this one out. (fly: 1 an annoying insect, 2 a method of transportation, and 3 part of the pants)

    1. I was thinking the same thing, the specialist musicial instrument planes can be much smaller in at least one and sometimes every dimension it seems to me – though perhaps they will always actually have a higher total volume as a tool you can’t actually hold to operate isn’t much good…

      Still cool to have a baby sized plane though – one you can actually hope to sharpen and hone almost effortlessly after you find a bloody nail/pin in the wood…

  1. It would be cool if you made like a small plane with a blade set at an angle in a conical recess, then you could mount graphite sticks in a wooden handle and pare it away to expose more graphite when it got blunt.

    But in other news… I made a plane with a narrower blade some few decades back, when I wanted a 1/16th slot down the middle of a 1/4 square spruce dowel. It was a bit larger in external format though, because I had the silly idea that a tool ought to have enough surface to hold onto securely. I think the blade actually came from a jewellers screwdriver, and the body was maybe parallel aluminum plates that were part of an old camera shutter mechanism (Something like a 126 cartridge cam or instamatic probably) barely remember it, think it was used for that one thing I was messing with and never touched again.

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