Chisel Plane

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Project by doubleDD posted 05-01-2016 12:48 AM 5692 views 15 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a cheap iron off e-bay about a year and a half ago. $.99 cents and (2.99 shipping lol). I really wanted a chisel plane, but $60.00 for a woodriver was a bit more than I wanted to spend since it wasn’t something I use all the time. The iron sat in the drawer until a few days ago I decided to get going on this.

Pic 3 shows how well the shavings scrape off a piece of purple heart from the face. The side grain had some ripples on it and it took them right off without digging in.

Pic 4 shows the finished pieces before assembly. The body is made of Brazilian Rosewood. The iron cap is a piece of Hickory with a scrap of purple heart. The knobs are Padauk and Hickory. I used 1/4’’ threaded inserts for the knobs to be screwed in.

I added the impressions on each side and the front knob to give a better holding feeling. Using your thumb and finger for the sides and one finger on top, balanced it out nicely. You can also use the two knobs for more pressure if needed.
At 8oz. and 5 1/4’’ long, it’s a perfect tool for that certain cleanup. Finished with oil and some wax. I love it. Wish I didn’t wait so long. Thanks for looking. I already have plans for a larger one.


-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-01-2016 01:09 AM

That is really COOL!

Slick little Chisel Plane…

I have to remember this…

I would like to try this one!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 05-01-2016 01:21 AM

VERY nice

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 05-01-2016 01:28 AM

Fantastic idea for my spare plane blade, and a beautiful piece of art as well!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 05-01-2016 01:42 AM

Brought that up real nice Dave, real show piece now.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 05-01-2016 01:56 AM

Golly, Mister. That’s a real showpiece, it is.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-01-2016 01:58 AM

Sweet plane, Dave . You gave the plane iron new life!!

Good choice of some beautiful wood, too.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 05-01-2016 02:32 AM

Awesome little gem of a plane! Can a plane be beautiful? Sure it can… you proved it Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 05-01-2016 03:24 AM

Hi Dave, Excellent Bargain from Ebay. Amazing what can be purchased from Ebay.

That is a very interesting project Dave. A real feat of engineering combined with very accurate wood work.
Dave on the holding piece in picture 4, the thin strip of wood running across. Is that to enhance the hold down grip strength when the Knob is tightened down after adjustment of the Blade? The Blade is certainly cutting beautifully, those shavings are super smooth. Fantastic Project!!!!!!

I bet you had trouble sleeping at night after that huge expense. .99 cents and 2.99 Shipping. (joking, Ha Ha)



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 05-01-2016 03:26 AM

Thanks Joe, you should give it a go. Very simple to make with just some scraps.And 18 months thinking about it.

Thanks Mike1950.

Jerry if you have an extra blade, go for it. Would like to see your version.

Bob, Mark thanks. I didn’t intend it to look nice, I just wanted to make sure it would work. Guess it pays to save those precious scraps.

Thanks Jim. I just glad I finally gave that iron a home, period.

Thanks Tony. Should beautiful tools always work beautifully?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 05-01-2016 03:33 AM

Hi Cliff. Yes, that is exactly what it is for. Helps displace the pressure evenly. About the 99 cent blade, I didn’t loose any sleep on the price, but I always get upset when the shipping cost more that the item. lol But it was a good deal anyway.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 05-01-2016 03:34 AM


Looks good and it’s functional too. Top 3 yippee skippee!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 05-01-2016 03:39 AM

Awesome, elegant, and functional art!
Nice job.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 05-01-2016 03:40 AM

Pretty looking plane Dave and useful too .
I like the front knob and how you knurled it a bit .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 05-01-2016 08:24 AM

Awesome, really great mate.
Might have to make one myself.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 05-01-2016 08:28 AM

Wow!Very inovative design. Not only good looking but very funstional, I bet. Wood colours looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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