Oak and Walnut Shoulder Plane

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Project by BobFrankly posted 08-14-2017 02:22 PM 1203 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve had a shoulder plane replacement blade sitting in my garage for, oh….maybe a year now. I finally decided to attempt making a shoulder plane to hold it. I chose to use this youtube video as a reference. Sadly the pieces shifted a little during glue up clamping, so there’s a little gap between the walnut and oak on the sides, but it doesn’t appear to affect the functionality of the plane.

You can see in the third picture, the wood was a touch too wide on one side in relation to the blade, that was cleaned up with a low-angle jack plane until it was flush.

I used a plastic french curve to layout the front, back, and the …cap? Not sure what the insert that pins the blade down is called :) Either way, it works pretty well and helped my clean up some dados on my nicholson bench. Thanks for looking!

-- BobFrankly, California

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 04:17 PM

Thanks for posting – I have GOT to make one of these. I have a couple of old (really old) shoulder plane blades that I’ve picked up at garage sales.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#2 posted 08-15-2017 12:20 AM

Looks good!
I made a bunch a couple of years ago and use them all the time. I was just using the shoulder plan eyesterday as a matter of fact.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 08-15-2017 11:34 AM

Looks great Bob :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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#4 posted 08-15-2017 12:49 PM

This is a very nice looking plane and will be an asset to your shop. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-15-2017 04:09 PM

Thanks for posting – I have GOT to make one of these. I have a couple of old (really old) shoulder plane blades that I ve picked up at garage sales.

- Bluenote38

That’s a good thought. I should keep my mind open looking for plane blades when I see a garage sale.

-- BobFrankly, California

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