Chisel Plane with a "Hawgnutz" design

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I’d like to thank “Hawgnutz” for posting his chisel plane project. I was looking to purchase or make a chisel plane when I found his chisel plane project. His design was great & I decided to make one like it for myself. I used a piece of hardwood from the old vise that I took off of my bench for the body & a piece of scrap oak for the blade clamp. I kept the same profile as Hawg’s plane but changed the rear contour to fit my hand. I also sawed the blade clamp into a dog bone shape for the 1-3/4” $2 garage sale plane blade. Instead of using a threaded insert for the blade clamp knob, I drilled a hole in the body of the plane, “belled” the bottom of the hole with my Dremel tool & epoxyed a 1/4” X 20 stud in the hole. Like Hawg, I used a 1/2” core box bit on my router table to make the finger grooves. It has a light oak stain with a Danish Oil finish. I hope Hawg likes my version of his design. Thanks again Hawg!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 06:13 AM

That is saaaa…..weeet!

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 06:26 AM

very nice – looks great

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 08:25 AM

Looks good, but how does it work?
Let’s see some shavings!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 08:29 AM

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 10:02 AM

Looks great, but like Ryan I’d like to hear how it works for you.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 04:41 PM

This is beautiful and so simple.
Think I have to make one.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 07:04 PM

I’ve only used my plane a couple of times so far &, with the exception of being a bit too large for smaller work, it has worked just fine. Chisel planes are specialized type of tool & won’t be used much until you need to clean-up or get into an inside corner to make crisp lines & chisel planes don’t make very long shavings. For smaller work I’m still using the off-set or “dogleg” chisel or my carving tools. Here’s a quote from LIE-NIELSEN TOOLWORKS taken from their $140+ chisel plane description page that describes the use of a chisel plane… ”A Chisel Plane is not meant to function as an ordinary plane because it has no support ahead of the blade. However, as a clean-up tool, with the blade set flush with the sole, this plane excels at removing glue, trimming plugs and dovetails flush or cleaning the very corners of rabbets.”

I’m sure it’s real nice to use a plane like a LIE-NIELSEN chisel plane. But I don’t think that a heavy duty plane like that is required for the little work & the type of work that it will be used for. And not only can you save over $130 over a same width LIE-NIELSEN plane but you can have the satisfaction of using a tool that you made yourself each time you work with your plane.

As soon as I find a suitable blade, preferably from a garage sale or flea market, I plan on making a narrow, 1” or so, chisel plane.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 07:33 PM

Looks good.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#9 posted 02-21-2010 08:00 PM

Definitely going into favorites and onto the TO DO list. Thanks for the post, BTKS

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

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 04:33 AM

I love hand made tools great job

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#11 posted 03-04-2010 06:51 AM

Here’s a little update on this chisel plane. I noticed that the blade would come loose shortly after tightening the clamp & found that the epoxy that I used must have been on the shelf at the store too long because the stuff never fully hardened! I was able to pull the stud right out. I bought some fresh “Liquid Steel” epoxy, reinstalled the stud & it now tightens properly.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#12 posted 03-15-2010 11:44 AM

home made tools are always great to use
and thank´s for the tip abaut epoxy


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#13 posted 03-16-2010 04:22 AM

You’re welcome Dennis… It’s good to hear from a craftsman from Denmark.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#14 posted 03-16-2010 01:10 PM

Craftsman ha ha ha no way
just what we here in this country call home made proff. DIY fidler for my own household
dreamming of being cable of doing something the right way one day
maybee never habent but I will dream and work for it
I have saved a big cigar and a excelent whisky to sellebrate it with if the day come


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#15 posted 12-29-2010 02:00 PM

So nice. I should build one.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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