|Project by DonH||posted 10-17-2010 06:27 PM||4107 views||12 times favorited||24 comments|
I had been intending to build one of these planes for some time and finally got around to it as a lead up to building some night tables with drawers. This plane cuts a 1/4 inch wide groove 1/4 inch deep and 3/8 inch from the bottom of the drawer (other dimensions are possible by varying the thicknes etc of the component parts). It works fast and accurately – I think it is faster than a router (for one drawer anyway) when considering set up time for the router. This plane does the job as well or better with no noise, dust, tear out or chip out at the end of the groove.
I built it from birds eye maple for the body, lignum vitae for the centre portion that guides in the groove being cut and mahogany for the wedge. The 1/4 inch wide blade I purchased from Rob Cosman on line.
In some of the pictures is a board which I cut my first groove in – it took 2 or 3 minutes total. I am very surprised how easy using this tool is.
-- DonH Orleans Ontario