Shoulder Plane

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Project by Karson posted 01-11-2009 11:20 PM 3981 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a class this weekend on making Shoulder Planes. These planes are used to clean up the shoulders on tenons.

We had 13 people take the class, It was made from plans printed in Woodcraft magazine, Aug/Sept 2008

My plane was made with Macacauba. Davids was made with Chechem

The first picture is the Macacauba plane made by me. The second plane was Davids made with Chechem.

He really outshone me on this construction.

I had two screw-ups. The first being the glue job. I didn’t check it over before leaving it to dry.

The wood was clamped tight, It was allowed to have a gap at the top.

And also I started to drill the hole on the wrong end. which is shown in the third picture.

A great time was had by all. We held the class on two days, but were finished by noon on both days. The first was the break to let the glue dry and the second was shaping the wedge to hold the blade correctly and cutting the hole and the throat for chip clearing.

David with his.

Me with mine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 11:30 PM

That’s really neat. I’m putting making a shoulder plane on my long list. ;-)

-- Gary, Florida

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Richard Williams

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 11:42 PM

I’ll have to buy one and then do something that I can use it on. I love reading about the great projects that all of you do. That is satisfying too. Great job you did Karson. I would expect to see nothing less. Take care buddy.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 11:47 PM

Nice looking planes! Might go see if I can grab that back issue for myself…..

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 01-12-2009 12:24 AM

Really cool Karson… I’d like to try my hand making one someday.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 12:37 AM

Great plane, Karson…that’ll come in handy one day…if you haven’t used it already.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 01-12-2009 03:13 AM

Dang!!! beat me to it!!! I’ve had a piece of Cocobolo in the shop for over a year to make one. These are really dandy, Karson. You will really enjoy them. David will use his for the rest of his life.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-12-2009 03:24 AM

Git’er dun Thos. They sure are easy to build probably a couple of 3 hr days and it would be done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-12-2009 05:43 AM

Nice work.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#9 posted 01-12-2009 06:29 AM

have you hada chance to try it out? It looks good, but I’m wondering what you thought of its functionality. I’m sure it is pretty good, but does it feel much different from a metal bodied plane? This looks like a way for me to build something and save some $’s too. Maybe someday… Nice work! (both of you)

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#10 posted 01-12-2009 06:33 AM

Great looking plane!

-- - Ray

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#11 posted 01-12-2009 07:22 PM

Looking good Karson.

Very steep pitch. Was that on purpose?

I don’t think your hole will make any difference other than cosmetic. You still have plenty of surface area to register against!

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#12 posted 01-12-2009 08:25 PM

Looks like a winner Karson.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 08:57 PM

And all this time I thought that macacauba was something you ordered at Starbucks.
I learn something new every day. Also, that’s a great job (both). It’s a project I hope to try someday. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#14 posted 01-12-2009 09:19 PM

The plane works great. I’ve tried it cross grain as in trueing up tenons. and also cut some long stripe on pine and maple. So the blade is set ok right now. Just don’t drop it.

I’ve done no real work with it yet.

Jon3 you are right the problems are cosmetic but I need to fix that. The plane blade has great support even with the cutout behind part of it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 01-13-2009 01:35 AM

Hi Karson;

I’ve always suspected David was the talented one! LOL

Maybe you can get him to help you with another one.

Sorry buddy, I couldn’t resist!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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