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Blog entry by Brandon posted 04-18-2012 11:50 PM 4107 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a chamfer plane by adapting an old Stanley 220 plane.

Now before anyone gets on my case for ruining a perfectly good 220, I should note that it was a $2 garage sale purchase that was rusted beyond recognition. I soaked the plane parts in Evaporust, but as you can see in the following picture, there was still severe pitting in the sole.

The first thing I did was to drill six holes in the sole of the plane.

Then I made the wooden strips that would guide the plane to sit at a perfect 45 degree angle on corners. I basically just cut a piece of 3/4” maple on the table saw at a 45 degree angle. You’ll also notice that I notched out a small space on top to give room for the plane iron to project out of the plane.

Attached the wooden guides to the sole with screws.

Here’s the bottom of the plane.

Here’s a side view.

Another angle.

And here’s another action photo.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"



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Brit

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 12:09 AM

Nice job Brandon.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 12:11 AM

Looks like a great idea. Does it work well?

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 12:12 AM

Very nice Brandon.

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 12:17 AM

Great rust cover up. I was going to make one, but Andy told me to suck it up and just hold the damn plane. (I’m paraphrasing of course)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 12:18 AM

LOL. You don’t want to listen to me Don, I’m full of BS.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 12:20 AM

Works great! I used to get by by just holding the damn plane, too. What I like about this was that it would give me consistent results each time. I would like a Stanley 72, but that’s not in my budget. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 12:27 AM

Its still on my list. I was going to use epoxy, but I may steal your design. You’ve broken the ice.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 12:31 AM

I almost tried to make mine have an adjustable opening by making the holes on one of the sides slots, but I decided to keep it simple.

I didn’t want to use epoxy because I wanted the apparatus to be removable, and I didn’t want to use rare-earth magnets because they wouldn’t necessarily stay in position.

You should do it, Don! I’d love to see what you come up with.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 04-19-2012 12:39 AM

The plane went from $2 to priceless. Great idea Brandon.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#10 posted 04-19-2012 12:56 AM

You will never hear me complain about someone taking a plane and making it work. NICE JOB !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 04-19-2012 02:10 AM

Nice job buddy. Nothing wrong with a little innovation and modification.

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#12 posted 04-19-2012 03:26 AM

Nice mod there Brandon

Looks like you and Stumpy are competing here.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#13 posted 04-19-2012 10:19 AM

Well done, complete save and execution

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 10:57 AM

I now have something planned for ‘ole rusty…. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 01:55 PM

Very nice Brandon, this will be a handy tool in the arsenal. I need to find an old plane to dedicate as a chamfer like this.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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