Chisel Plane with a "Hawgnutz" design

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I’d like to thank “Hawgnutz” for posting his chisel plane project. I was looking to purchase or make a chisel plane when I found his chisel plane project. His design was great & I decided to make one like it for myself. I used a piece of hardwood from the old vise that I took off of my bench for the body & a piece of scrap oak for the blade clamp. I kept the same profile as Hawg’s plane but changed the rear contour to fit my hand. I also sawed the blade clamp into a dog bone shape for the 1-3/4” $2 garage sale plane blade. Instead of using a threaded insert for the blade clamp knob, I drilled a hole in the body of the plane, “belled” the bottom of the hole with my Dremel tool & epoxyed a 1/4” X 20 stud in the hole. Like Hawg, I used a 1/2” core box bit on my router table to make the finger grooves. It has a light oak stain with a Danish Oil finish. I hope Hawg likes my version of his design. Thanks again Hawg!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 1618 days ago

That is saaaa…..weeet!

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#2 posted 1618 days ago

very nice – looks great

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 1618 days ago

Looks good, but how does it work?
Let’s see some shavings!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 1618 days ago

Looks good nice work.

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#5 posted 1618 days ago

Looks great, but like Ryan I’d like to hear how it works for you.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#6 posted 1618 days ago

This is beautiful and so simple.
Think I have to make one.

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

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#7 posted 1618 days ago

I’ve only used my plane a couple of times so far &, with the exception of being a bit too large for smaller work, it has worked just fine. Chisel planes are specialized type of tool & won’t be used much until you need to clean-up or get into an inside corner to make crisp lines & chisel planes don’t make very long shavings. For smaller work I’m still using the off-set or “dogleg” chisel or my carving tools. Here’s a quote from LIE-NIELSEN TOOLWORKS taken from their $140+ chisel plane description page that describes the use of a chisel plane… ”A Chisel Plane is not meant to function as an ordinary plane because it has no support ahead of the blade. However, as a clean-up tool, with the blade set flush with the sole, this plane excels at removing glue, trimming plugs and dovetails flush or cleaning the very corners of rabbets.”

I’m sure it’s real nice to use a plane like a LIE-NIELSEN chisel plane. But I don’t think that a heavy duty plane like that is required for the little work & the type of work that it will be used for. And not only can you save over $130 over a same width LIE-NIELSEN plane but you can have the satisfaction of using a tool that you made yourself each time you work with your plane.

As soon as I find a suitable blade, preferably from a garage sale or flea market, I plan on making a narrow, 1” or so, chisel plane.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#8 posted 1618 days ago

Looks good.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#9 posted 1618 days ago

Definitely going into favorites and onto the TO DO list. Thanks for the post, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 1616 days ago

I love hand made tools great job

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#11 posted 1607 days ago

Here’s a little update on this chisel plane. I noticed that the blade would come loose shortly after tightening the clamp & found that the epoxy that I used must have been on the shelf at the store too long because the stuff never fully hardened! I was able to pull the stud right out. I bought some fresh “Liquid Steel” epoxy, reinstalled the stud & it now tightens properly.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#12 posted 1596 days ago

home made tools are always great to use
and thankĀ“s for the tip abaut epoxy


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#13 posted 1595 days ago

You’re welcome Dennis… It’s good to hear from a craftsman from Denmark.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#14 posted 1595 days ago

Craftsman ha ha ha no way
just what we here in this country call home made proff. DIY fidler for my own household
dreamming of being cable of doing something the right way one day
maybee never habent but I will dream and work for it
I have saved a big cigar and a excelent whisky to sellebrate it with if the day come


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#15 posted 1307 days ago

So nice. I should build one.

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