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SAPFM - Tod Herrli Plane Maker

From March 10, 2018 12:00 am until March 13, 2018 5:00 pm
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SAPFM and Guild Working Together

As a standard practice, both Peach State SAPFM and the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia normally require participants to be members before attending the Guild Symposium or the major SAPFM spring and fall events.
While many of you are members of both the Guild and SAPFM, some are not.  Peach State SAPFM and the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia have worked together this year to offer both our groups a chance to participate in both group's event whether you are a member or not.  This will allow SAPFM members to participate in the Peter Gedrys finishing event at the same fee as a member of the Guild.  And it will allow Guild members to attend the Tall Clock program at the same fee as a member of SAPFM.

Tod Herrli Plane Maker

March 10, 11, 2018

Workshop March 12-13, 2018


Repair and tuning and diagnosing problems in planes

Member will bring in their problem planes and Tod will repair and or tune 3 or 4 into workable condition

Crown moldings with hollows and rounds planes:

Demonstrate how to size and design crown moldings in different sizes utilizing paper and compass and then demonstrate how to execute the moldings with hollows and rounds planes.


Demonstration on how to design and make side escapement planes

  1. Stock Dimensions
  2. Type of wood
  3. Layout and design principles
  4. Excavate mouth and mortise cavity.
  5. Plane floats to tune and true the mortise
  6. Shape plane sole
  7. Plane irons cut and rough grind
  8. Heat treat and temper irons
  9. Final grind and honing the edge
  10. Tune the wedge and shavings flow
  11. Detail the plane body.

Optional Two Day Workshop

Class with include instruction and materials

The 2 day class we will allow students to make one plane in class. Students with prior experience should be able to make two planes and improve their skill and retention. IE: matched pair of hollow and rounds can be made.

Student can chose from one of 6 different planes






Draw bottom groove plane

Alternate : center escapement planes

Two day coffin smoother plane

Three day 14” jack plane with handle.


Tod Herrli was raised in Northern Indiana on a small dairy farm and always had an interest in wood working. He started working with power tools in 1980’s and in the 1990’s transitioned to hand tools after reading Michael Dunbars books , watching Underhill’s wood wright shop and attending classes with Gene Landon at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe. He took a plane making class with Mario Rodriquez. Since working with Landon and Rodriquez he studied written material and different planes to manufacture his own planes. Tod would often copy and supply planes for Gene Landon’s classes at Olde Mill so students could copy Landon’s furniture projects.

In the mid 1990’s Tod started teaching plane making classes out of his home and the local Woodcraft store. Some of Tod’s students include notables like Larry Williams of Clark and Williams’s planes and Daniel Schwank of Red Rose Reproductions. He has also demonstrated to several SAPFM chapters in the East and Midwest, such as the Virginia, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana chapters.

He has also produced two dvd’s that demonstrate plane making: Classic plane making and ogee planes through Popular Woodworking.




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