Free 18th Century Style 3/4" Wooden Rabbet Plane Plans

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Blog entry by Caleb James posted 03-22-2013 11:37 PM 5330 reads 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So in the spirit of getting everyone in the shop and cutting up some wood I decided to post up a measured drawing of a 3/4” wooden rabbet plane in the 18th century style.

It is all wood with the exception of the blade which is easily gotten from Lie-Nielsen here. It features a conical escapement and some simple embellishments that a hand plane, chisel, and #7 sweep gouge can handle.

The plans are basic with a few things that can be easily changed if you like. Such as the bed angle is shown at 55˚, for hardwoods, but could be 45˚or 50˚or even 60˚. I show boxing on the plane but it is of course not a must especially if you are using a hard wood like beech in the first place but it will increase the life of the sole for a heavy user if you decide to add it. And of course you can increase or decrease the width.

I only have one request and that is if you want to post these anywhere else online please link back to the original post at . I offer these as a free download but they are not intended for commercial use. Again please limit the use of this design to your personal use and please don’t be silly and try to sell them on Ebay. It is FREE! and it is © copy right protected.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE DOWNLOAD PAGE. (Click on the download button in the upper right corner of the new page to begin download.)

Have fun ya’ll!

NOTE: The plans are in PDF format. If you don’t have a PDF reader Adobe Acrobat is a free software that will make it viewable and printable. The plans are 11”x17” and any print shop can print this or just print it in two pages on your home computer. Make sure where ever you print it that the “scale” is set to 100% or the measurements won’t be accurate on the print.

If I made any errors anywhere in the plans please let me know so I can update them.


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#1 posted 03-23-2013 12:04 AM

Sweet. Thanks for the inspiration – it’s on the list!

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 03:19 AM


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#4 posted 03-23-2013 08:03 AM

Thanks Caleb. You just added another project to the list… :)

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 02:53 AM

Thanks for the plans.

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 11:41 PM

Hope you all have fun making this little workhorse. I plan to do a video series on how to make it when I get some breathing room. It is a fun project and I like the sense of pride you feel in making a tool that then lets you create other pieces. I think it also surprises you that you could make something so simple but work so well.

If you have used a wooden plane then you know they are a thing of beauty.



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#7 posted 03-26-2013 01:13 AM

Hey all, I for some reason I noted 1” where it should have been 3” on the drawing for the mouth location along the sole of the plane. The drawing is still correct but the stated length was a typo. I corrected it. The updated version has a title ending in 3/25/13.

That is what I get for editing my own work. Sorry. Download again if you are in doubt otherwise the error should be very obvious and the physical measurement otherwise is correct either way.


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