Chisel plane

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Project by rwyoung posted 07-01-2009 05:05 AM 3454 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I anticipate the need for a little bit of stock trimming in a corner on my Shaker cupboard build. So Google coughed up some chisel plane ideas. This is based on the plan found in Fine Woodworking. Also if you go look at the archives of Matt’s Basement Workshop podcast and also search here you can see more examples.

Pretty straight forward, white oak for the body and cap “iron”. The sole is some rosewood laminated to the oak. The blade is a cheap $2 job from the BORG. I got tired of flattening the back and you can see the consequence of that when you look at the bevel. It’s OK for testing but I need to go back and work on it a little bit more. Next time I’m at Woodcraft I’ll look to see if they have one of the 1-5/8” Hock blades on hand. That will be a world apart from what is in there now!

But so far it seems to work. It is a bit more tricky working with a chisel plane than a plane with a toe to support the front and stop (minimize) dig-in. A little more practice and a finer honing on the blade and it just do the trick.

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 05:20 AM

Ingenious. Some of the best tools are the simplest. Just what I need for cleaning corners and fine touch-ups. Thanks for posting. BTKS, gotta favorite this one.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 05:27 AM

super chisel plane well done


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#3 posted 07-01-2009 11:53 AM

I was just thinking I could use something like this and here you’ve made one. Good job.

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 01:32 PM

Nicely done…....good job rwyoung.

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#5 posted 07-20-2009 07:16 PM

Nice work on this chisel style plane. I like the extra thick sole which is the way I go when building my own. Very creative on the cap iron. Thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 07:33 PM

Great job on the plane : )

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