YASP – Yet Another Shoulder Plane

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Project by SPalm posted 07-08-2011 04:12 AM 10034 views 45 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second handmade plane. I used the same Hock blade as before, but took a different approach to the build. I believe this one is easier, but maybe that is because it is my second. Anyway, this design has a one piece sole, with a rabbet that self aligns the side plates. This is the approach taken by the Hock kit. In fact they sell the four pieces of wood in picture #4 for $61 (plus shipping) should you value your time at that rate.

A table saw is usually used to create the rabbets on the center piece by sending it through vertically with the blade raised really high. Rotate and repeat. WoodCraft plans do it this way. Not a very fun operation without making some kind of sled. Even then it is hard to cut both sides equally and square. Also the shoulder will not be flat because of the tooth alignment of a normal saw blade. So… I did it on the router table. It was easy and quick. By slowly raising the bit and sending the board through, rotating, flipping, and rotating again until the center of the ‘I-Beam’ was a 1/4 inch thick. Simple pimple.

I then cut the two angles on the table saw with a miter gauge. The I-Beam concept helped here as I did not have to use any helper shims. When I dry fitted the assembly, I marked the side plates with a pencil guided by the angles. Right before glue up, I waxed the triangles on the side plates and the angled edges of the I-Beam to keep glue from gumming up the blade channel. Glue up was pretty simple as the side plates were pressed against the I-Beam shoulders which kept the assembly in line. Then through the drum sander, cut off the top, and squared the ends.

The center is rosewood, and the side plates are quarter sawn maple. It is finished with BLO. After a debate, I left the design square. I like the way it looks, but I may round the corners if I find it too uncomfortable.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 04:40 AM

Looks great. Thanks for the description of the process!

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 05:01 AM

That’s way to pretty to even think about using, Steve. (Nice drawing, too.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 05:06 AM

Getting “trickier” Steve, this is a nice looking hand tool,
Very well done indeed, :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 05:09 AM

Nice job on this build.

-- 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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#5 posted 07-08-2011 05:24 AM

What a beautiful shoulder plane. Almost to pretty to use, do you plan on using or is this just an orniment….;)
Oh, what great drawings as well…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 06:22 AM

Very nice plane.

At your current rate of production, you might outrun ou friend Mafe :)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 07-08-2011 06:34 AM


Looks like you’ve Got It!

Really a COOL plane… Good Job!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 07-08-2011 11:11 AM

Steve, well done buddy! Great explanation on the build. I really like the router for making the I beam. Is that a down cut bit? I really need to make one of these. Like mentioned above, its beautiful and one to be proud of.

I’m making another doggie dish bowl holder right now and think this may have to be next. Might have to call you and chat about this.

Getting ready to make an outdoor dinning table for the patio for the next big project. Just bought a welder tonight to make the base. Figured its time to learn to weld… LOL

Have a great weekend!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 07-08-2011 12:44 PM

another great lookin plane!

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

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#10 posted 07-08-2011 01:24 PM

You are quick!
Looking good.
Yes I have to give in here, I have two on the worktable waiting for my attention, but summer and hollydays is here, so the workshop must wait.
Like your thinking.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 07-08-2011 02:07 PM

You are one planemaking animal! This one’s glorious. Are there some monstrous tenons in an upcoming project of your’s? If so, this guy’s got the reach. Very nice work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 07-08-2011 02:27 PM

Great job Steve – very artistic as well as practical. I am sure you will get great use from it.

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#13 posted 07-08-2011 03:52 PM

Thanks everyone. Shucks. I was looking at it this morning, and it really is pretty.

I was not too particular about the router bit. I just used a bit fat one. Any bit would do, I think.

And about the size, I am new at this so what do I know. I believe this is about the length of the Hock kit. It can certainly be downsized later. Yes, it could handle some really big tenons. But it could also be used in cleaning up any rabbet or dado, and length might help there.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 07-08-2011 04:08 PM

Well Steve, if you find it too long for a certain application, you’ll just have to make a shorter one!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 07-08-2011 10:35 PM

Wow Steve, you’re on a roll now. This plane looks fantastic.

Thanks for the great informaton


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