Wenge and Maple Chisel Plane

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 05-10-2018 12:50 AM 3078 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I was perusing the Lie Nielson website, and I came across their chisel plane.

As I have a growing appreciation for the value that hand tools bring to a modern power workshop, I really like the idea of a plane that can access 90’ corners. As this plane is primarily used for pretty menial tasks like scraping glue squeeze out and trimming pegs,I did find it difficult to justify the $140 price tag.

As any other self-respecting woodworker would do, I decided I could build my own! I perused the web (and this site obviously) for examples of DIY chisel planes, and found several examples including the work of FJPetruso and Hawgnutz here on LJs. I liked their designs, but wanted to build mine to more closely resemble the Lie Nielsen product.

I built the main body from a block of Wenge that I had lying around. A big box store cheapie block plane provided the blade. Easily the most difficult part of the project was drilling the hole in the blade. I built the “cap iron” from maple. The rear knob is just a wooden cabinet knob available at any home center. I counterbored a hole to recess the head of a 1/4 20 hex bolt, and a star knob holds the business end together.

The blade is set at approximately a 20’ angle. I drew out the shape of the body on the block of wenge, and cut it out on the bandsaw.

The plane did a great job on the little bit of glue squeeze out that I used it on. Realistically, I don’t know how much use I will get out of this plane, but I am very pleased with the outcome of this project. I look forward to creating opportunities to use this plane in the future.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 05-10-2018 01:07 AM

That is really cool and useful tool.
Thanks for sharing.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 05-10-2018 01:22 AM

Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-10-2018 11:59 AM

This is a very nice shop made plane and will be a fine addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-10-2018 02:42 PM

Looks great! It will be nice to have, even if you don’t use it a lot.

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#5 posted 05-10-2018 04:17 PM

Looks realy beautiful, besides being functional.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-10-2018 10:22 PM

Very nice, I can see how that would be a really useful tool.

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