Shop Made Chisel Shoulder Plane

  • Advertise with us
Project by Mark Whitsitt posted 01-16-2011 08:04 AM 9643 views 22 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve recently fallen in love with very thin shavings of wood on my bench and shop floor. Hand planes totally ROCK!!!

I’ve got a couple of block planes, and a very nicely tuned Anant No. 4 smoothing plane I currently use. I’ve also got a Stanley No. 4, Stanley No. 5, Stanley No. 80 cab scraper, and a Dunlap spokeshave that all require a little TLC to turn them into working tools (another project post soon… I’m planning to document the process)

I found the idea for a “chisel-based “shoulder plane on, and thought it would be a nice little project. And it was!

I made my plane from cherry and walnut from the cutoff bin, and the wedge is made from walnut. In the pictures, you can see actual shavings from this plane from the piece of lyptus you can also see. It’s been finished with danish oil and paste wax. The angle between the two faces for the chisel is 10 degrees, and the back face is at 45 to the sole of the plane. The wedge is 8 to accommodate the taper of the chisel. This plane is for a 3/4” chisel, but I plan to make a 1” and a 1/2” for kicks.

It was a lot of fun, and it’s always nice to be able to use a tool you’ve made yourself. I’m also a Ham Radio operator, and in that hobby, this would be called “homebrewed”, but of course, that also refers to a completely different hobby as well. I guess this is more appropriately “shop made”

If you’re getting started with hand planes, this is a really nice project to work on…


-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

8 comments so far

View travisowenfurniture's profile


91 posts in 3706 days

#1 posted 01-16-2011 10:10 AM

That is AWESOME!

Theoretically, you could probably make a plow plane or a moving fillister plane with the same concept.

I’m reading “The Handplane Book” by Garret Hack. If you’re into handplanes, you’s love this book! I do.

Handplanes DO rock!

Rock on.


View Matt's profile


6 posts in 3707 days

#2 posted 01-16-2011 11:45 AM

Very nice de N1KM.

-- Matt, Austin, TX

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


20285 posts in 4691 days

#3 posted 01-16-2011 01:18 PM

Now you have done it!! Inspired another thing igota try :-)) VEry nice work. Thx for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View mafe's profile


12930 posts in 4104 days

#4 posted 01-16-2011 02:13 PM

Really nice one.
So wonderful to hear your passion for this, thank you.
Best thoughts,

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

View DaveTPilot's profile


282 posts in 4313 days

#5 posted 01-16-2011 06:14 PM

And that will be my next “for the shop” build! Excellent! Thank you for sharing.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

View Dave's profile


11435 posts in 3855 days

#6 posted 01-16-2011 06:22 PM

Nice one I have got to do this!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

View bigike's profile


4057 posts in 4303 days

#7 posted 01-16-2011 06:42 PM

great work! I’m gonna try to make one of these.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

View ugoboy's profile


143 posts in 4049 days

#8 posted 01-16-2011 09:02 PM

Sweet. You did a really nice job… This is something you can be proud of many years to come.. Don’t forget to sign and date it.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics