Chisel plane fropm recycled 2x4!

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 02-04-2008 05:11 AM 12411 views 27 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a little plane I needed a week or so ago when I was working on a set of frames that needed a rabbet planed down after the miters were glued up. I did not have a bullnose plane or a chisel plane, so I decided to make one for future needs. I found a plane iron on Ebay that was narrower than usually used for block planes. It was 1 3/8. instead of 1 5/8. Not much, but it makes for a steadier base on the chisel plane.

The wook is reclaimed oak from a pallet I salvaged from a local hardware/farm supply store. Here is the half of the pallet I left intact. (It was a huge, eight-foot pallet) It weighed a lot so I knew it was solid hardwood. I initially thought it might be cherry, because of its reddish look. I needed a 3×10 piece of it, at 1 3/8 thickness, and I found out it was oak when I jointed and planed it down to size.

I used a jig to cut the ramp portion to 20 degrees, then flipped the cut part over the top and glued it to make the handle. I shaped the handle with a file and sandpaper. I used my router to make the groove. It was finished with Danish oil. You can still see some nail holes behind the threaded insert. (I did not want those holes on the soul, which is finished with some finishing wax.)

It works fine. leaving thin shavings behind. =];o)

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 05:33 AM

Great plane. We need some construction photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 05:37 AM

Again that is a wonderful use of scraps and discarded materials. I agree with Karson about the construction photo. I would not know where to begin on constructing a plane.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 06:32 AM

Pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-04-2008 06:38 AM

I will make another romorrow and fullly document the construction.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 11:18 AM

Good job Hawg.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 12:04 PM

Nice! Looking forward to the step-by-step.

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#7 posted 02-04-2008 03:18 PM

Very nice functional use of recylcled material!

-- Spread love with our work

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#8 posted 02-04-2008 05:14 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I will probably have to wait a couple days to do another. I will post it on the tools forum.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 02-04-2008 05:18 PM

Great job, Marc! Not only functional but good looking as well. Way to go!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 02-04-2008 07:21 PM

That’s the stuff! Hope you don’t mind if I borrow your design. I just picked up a load of planes and some will work as blade donors. Thanks, Hawg.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 02-04-2008 09:10 PM

Thanks, Tom and Doug.
Doug, the beautiful thing about this design is that it can be designed for any width of plane iron. I am trying to find a plane iron around 1” for my next one. I think woodcrafthas one, but i am hesitant to pay around $30.00 for it as I will only use it sporadically.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 02-04-2008 09:13 PM

Ingenious, now I want one!
nice job.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 02-04-2008 10:03 PM

Bob, that can be aranged. I am making a second one to post a how-to-do-it. So, I will have 2 of these… don’t know what to do with the second one. They really are slick for cleaning up in a mitered corner, where no other plane can go…LOL

Really, just stay tuned and watch for my post tomorrow or Wed.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 02-04-2008 10:31 PM

I think we need to see a third one made, too, just to be sure! Oh, by the way, I don’t own one like this either! <g>

Seriously though, a great little plane & a good example of recycling Hawg.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#15 posted 02-05-2008 12:34 AM

Good Idea, I would like to know the life you get out of it. thanks for posting the pics. I am looking forward to the detailed post.

-- Shawn, Washington, No really, its a work in progress.

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