When roaming the web looking for information on James Krenov, I came across a blog with a post detailing how to create a Krenov style smoothing plane. There are multiple blogs, magazine articles and youtube videos showing how to create a Krenov Plane; indeed Krenov himself shows you how in his own books.
However, a blog titled “Gerd Fristsche’s Traditional Handplanes Blog” has an excellent post outlining the process step by step. He starts with the initial wood block shown below:
and finishes with the finished plane.
Gert’s blog is well worth the visit and I recommend it. One of these years after I get through understanding the capabilities of the wooden planes that I already have, I will build one. For now I will just admire the simplicity of construction.