Shop Journal #3: Groovy Grooving Planes

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Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 05-19-2011 09:15 PM 5756 reads 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Shop Update: Box Making tools and a little Turning Part 3 of Shop Journal series Part 4: Display Cabinet Design Review »

In the last shop update, I briefly mentioned a grooving plane that did not work so well. The idea was to have a tool that could quickly make the grooves in the bottom of draw and box stock to accept the drawer/box bottom. The new design really rocks, so much that I made three sizes (widths): 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”. Although these are intended for making the grooves on drawer and box sides, I have been discovering more uses for the flexible design of these planes:

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-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 10:18 PM

Really nice planes.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 12:32 AM

Nice design!

I’ve been thinking about building plane bodies to hold my chisels; I think a shoulder plane will be more useful to me at first, and probably a little simpler to make around a 20mm chisel, but I’ll definitely keep your design in mind for the smaller ones.

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 01:03 AM

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 02:47 AM

nice set of planes and a very good vidio
thankĀ“s for taking the time to share it :-)

take care

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 03:08 AM

great job on the update thanks for the ideas.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 05-20-2011 04:21 AM

Thanks for the update.

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#7 posted 05-20-2011 05:41 AM

Very very cool.

Your sweetheart plane is WAY shinier than mine. Seriously, I had a hard time focusing because I kept trying to look at all the wonderful planes you have in the back ground.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 05-20-2011 12:59 PM

really enjoy your vids and your woodworking knowledge.
Informative and they move along nicely. Others should take note on how to make a good vid.

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#9 posted 05-20-2011 01:17 PM

Great ideas, Good video. Well done…


-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 05-22-2011 01:19 PM

Brian, Thanks for sharing this! and all of the background info too. You have saved everyone that will build one of these (me included) planes a lot of trial and error, not to mention the savings if you were to purchase these.
Oh yea, another great video too!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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