Rabbeting Plane - Inspired by Paul Sellers

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Project by Doug posted 10-08-2020 05:29 PM 1362 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.

I don’t know about you but I really enjoy making my own tools. I watched Paul Sellers make his ””Poor Man’s Rebate Plane” and was really inspired to make one of my own. At the time all I had on hand was some construction lumber and a few other miscellaneous pieces of hardwood. I also used a 1/2” chisel as Paul recommends.

This is not the first chisel plane that I’ve made. The first one I made was inspired by GarageWoodworks. It functions but I think it needs some tweaking. This is, however, the first plane of this type that I’ve made.

Paul always makes things look so easy. But, then again, he does have decades of experience under his belt. Not so much for me. I struggled a bit with this project because I had so few hand tools at my disposal. Everything, other than the depth stop (I used a drill press to help make it), was made and shaped by hand.

All in all, it didn’t turn out half bad. I don’t use it everyday so I reckon that it will last for quite a while.

If you care to, you can see it in use here.

Perhaps you’ll be inspired to make one of your own. If so, I’d love to see it.

Thanks for your time and take care.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 10-09-2020 03:05 AM

Nice work Doug. I enjoyed seeing it in action. Though I am curious why you were rabetting your planing stop.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 10-09-2020 06:23 AM

Nice plane and nice vid.


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#3 posted 10-18-2020 11:22 AM

Really nice plane !

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#4 posted 10-18-2020 04:57 PM

a very nice Plane and a good video also GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 10-24-2020 06:22 AM

I like your depth stop… how do you keep it parallel to the board?

-- Todd

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#6 posted 04-09-2021 11:03 PM

Nice work and training.
Love that you made side and deep stops for it!
I made a chisel plane many years back, keep it in my hand tool on the go box, but only used it once… guess I have too many planes. Perhaps I should dust it off and make some stops one day.
You can see mine here:
Best thoughts dear Doug,

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

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