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My Version of the Chisel Plane

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Project by fatman51 posted 04-23-2016 08:22 AM 1465 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do not usually post the tools that I make as projects, preferring to blog about them instead, and I will probably write a blog about the making of this chisel plane, but it works well, looks cool, and I wanted to show it off. I got the idea to build this plane from other Lumberjocks who have posted their chisel plane projects, and my basic design was inspired by their work.

I have wanted a chisel plane for some time, but as I have a good collection of glue scrapers and crank chisels, I have not been able to justify the expense, even for the Wood River variety. What the scrapers and crank chisels lack, however, is mass. My shop made chisel plane has a low, 12 degree, bed angle and weighs 28 ounces, which will help give me control when removing glue or edge planing into corners.

My objective was to spend no money on this project. Digging through forgotten boxes of hardware and scraps exiled to the shed, I found a wrecked plane iron, some chunks of aluminum, brass, and a bronze adjustment knob. The body of the plane is ipe, the sole, nose, and tote (or whatever one should call the half round thing at the heel of the plane) are all brass. I prevailed upon my brother to remachine the bronze adjustment knob, which secures the iron and aluminum cap iron. The knob is secured to a 1/2 inch 13 tpi threaded rod which is threaded right into the ipe (as with the bolts on the heel piece.). The aluminum cap irion secures the iron very well with only a gentle turn of the knob. The sole is dead flat with the knob tight, the tool feels good in the hand, and is a pleasure to use.

The heel tote is secured with 2 stainless steel 1/4-20 socket headed cap screws. The brass strips are bedded with pl-200 (construction adhesive) and secured with 14 flat headed brass machine screws. the screws are installed down from the top and threaded snugly into the sole, which is ground smooth. I finished the ipe body with cutting board oil. It still needs a little fit and finish and I will probably remove some material from the nose end of the cap iron.

Thank you for looking and thanks to my fellow Lumberjock chisel plane makers for inspiring me to build my own.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin





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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 10:34 AM

Cool looking plane, John. I guess I’ll wait for the Blog to find out where you put 14 screws?

-- Mark

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 11:39 AM

Nice job…I like it

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 07:06 PM

Thanks Redoak49 and Mark. Mark, I have to correct myself. There are actually 16 hidden-ish screws but only 12 of them are #8×32 flat head brass machine screws, 4 of them are hardened #6×32 flat head/Allen headed machine screws.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Matt

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 09:23 PM

Clever . I might have to try this.

-- I do this for fun.

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#5 posted 04-24-2016 12:00 AM

Very nice work. I need one of these too.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#6 posted 04-24-2016 12:51 AM

My hat is off to you on this one.
Great plane.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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fatman51

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#7 posted 04-24-2016 04:23 AM

Thanks, Matt, Steve, and Madts. Your encouragement is encouraging. I have been mulling this project over in my mind for a while, along with an infill smoothing plane, which I hope to make soon.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 04-24-2016 09:01 PM

Glad you posted this one. Thanks for the idea and pictures.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 04-25-2016 12:44 AM

Certainly bushmaster. I am glad you like it. This is a link to my blog on the making of it, which includes links to other LJ shopmade chisel planes. http://lumberjocks.com/fatman51/blog/84146

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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