Grooving Planes

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Project by agibbs posted 05-01-2015 02:43 PM 2033 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the first planes I’ve made and they likely won’t be the last; they were a bunch of fun. This is a pair of grooving planes more or less following the procedure set out in Matt Kenny’s Fine Woodworking article on the topic in issue #219. The blades were purchased from Lie Nielsen, which has also re-posted the article on their site for anyone who hasn’t read it:

I didn’t like the appearance of the planes as designed, so I added visual styling (chamfers, rough lambs tongues, and wedge profile) based on the design of Caleb James’ planes (

The planes are made out of a chunk of 5/4 rift-sawn cherry that I had kicking around as well as some rosewood resawn to 1/8” for the runners and wedge. The finish is just two coats of boiled linseed oil, which I use for all my shop-made tools. They work beautifully with very little tweaking needed. Now I just need to start making some boxes!


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#1 posted 05-01-2015 08:21 PM

A lovely set of planes. Hope they will find lotsa use!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 09:08 PM

Looks great! Thanks for the post, I’ll have to go and read the article as it sounds quite interesting.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 10:39 PM

Love your decorative details and the fact that your planes work well for you.

Adam, I take it you tempered the irons you purchased? I did not have much success with doing that myself, didn’t get the knack of it.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 11:49 PM

Great job. I would like to know if you tempered the irons, too. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 05-02-2015 12:24 AM

Good work

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 12:54 AM

Very nice, you did a great job.

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#7 posted 05-02-2015 02:22 AM

I didn’t do any tempering. The Lie Nielsen irons, at least according to their webpage, are already hardened. That’s a large part of the reason that I paid the significant premium to buy them rather than make my own out of steel plate. It looks like the other molding plane blanks they sell are not hardened, but these particular ones are.

I may be missing the distinction between tempering and hardening, if there is one, but for the limited use I’ve put these to they’ve worked fine. I guess I’ll see how long they hold an edge.

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#8 posted 05-02-2015 05:11 AM


Sorry, Had to say it..

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg

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#9 posted 05-03-2015 12:10 AM

Very well done

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#10 posted 05-03-2015 10:54 AM

Yes so cool, lovely finish you did.
Best thoughts,

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

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