Cute Little Shaver, Ain't It?

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 01-30-2015 03:25 PM 1286 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every woodworker should have one of these in their tool kit.

A thumb plane.

Nothing more than a real small plane with a blade no more than one inch wide.

For being so small, it has a lot of versatility.

I use mine mostly for creating small chamfers, or for easing sharp corners on project components, but it is also a great little tool to grab for trimming veneer edges, cleaning up small dovetailed or box jointed corners, flush trimming dowels, and even finish smoothing work on small parts.

Just don’t let it get lost in the shavings made by its bigger brothers….

-- Ed

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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 03:44 PM

I bought a Kobalt thumb plane before Christmas and got the chance to use it on the grandson’s tool box. Considering I didn’t have time to hone the edge beyond the factory grind, it worked surprisingly well in rounding out the edges to the center divider. Adjusting the iron depth isn’t a friendly procedure. I’m sure I will get the hang of it with more use.

I also found in my old hobby tools an X-Acto plane. It had some surface rust on the blade and opening, but a little cleaning up made it serviceable. Not an accurate tool, seeing as the body is plastic and the sole is a thin wrap-around piece of chromed steel. It works. I suspect this was never designed for hard woods.

Good advise on watching where it gets laid down. ;)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 03:58 PM

Yep, I’ve seen those X-acto planes before. I believe they were made to be used mostly on balsa wood by the model airplane crowd.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 04:04 PM

I can’t even remember where I got it or when. There was a time when I had a notion to build wooden planes to fly. Decades ago. I doubt I have used it before now.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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