Drawer bottom plane

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 12-02-2010 04:25 AM 6201 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trying to figure out how to grove the bottom of drawers for the panel using hand tools. The problem is that I don’t have a plow plane and from what I have read the good ones cost a fortune. Fortunatly I came across a dedicated wooden plane that Rob Cossman sells for this very use. I decided to make my own and here is my first attempt. I built the plane by laminating white cedar I had laying around (not the best choice I know).

If you are wondering that is my 1/4” chisel in there. It took some fooling around but it eventually made some pretty decent shavings.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 12:10 PM

Great Thinking, Mike!!
I saw Roy Underhill make a tool for this years ago… He hack-sawed a V in a hex-head bolt, sunk the bolt in a convenient block of wood (leaving it exposed a 1/4” or so), and went to work!! It worked rather like a scratch stock… and the depth of it was already set, because it won’t cut deeper than the shank of the bolt…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 12:22 PM

You have made for yourself a nice workable plane so be proud of yourself – good work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 04:48 PM

It’s funny to see this, because I just recently favorited this chisel plane:

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and I’m facing the same problem of plowing drawer bottom grooves, so maybe I’ll try the same thing!

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 05:15 AM

Very interesting. I had not seen that but it is definatly along the lines of what I built. I notice he used much better woods than my white cedar. I have some changes to mine but one thing I like is how my wedge is shaped to puse the shavings out the side of the plane. I think the one you shared should consider that idea as well. I think I will get the clark and williams DVD before I make another plane like these and go ahead and buy and iron to go with it.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 05:44 AM

Looks great Mike. A nice design very similar to the old grooving planes.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 11:53 PM

it’s nice
what angle do you use ?

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 12:15 AM

It’s set at 45 degrees. It works but I should have used a harder wood and fewer pieces. When I get a chance I’ll make a new one with a dedicated blade.

-- Mike, Western New York

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