Shop Made Chisel Shoulder Plane

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Project by Mark Whitsitt posted 1319 days ago 4497 views 20 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve recently fallen in love with very thin shavings of wood on my bench and shop floor. Hand planes totally ROCK!!!

I’ve got a couple of block planes, and a very nicely tuned Anant No. 4 smoothing plane I currently use. I’ve also got a Stanley No. 4, Stanley No. 5, Stanley No. 80 cab scraper, and a Dunlap spokeshave that all require a little TLC to turn them into working tools (another project post soon… I’m planning to document the process)

I found the idea for a “chisel-based “shoulder plane on, and thought it would be a nice little project. And it was!

I made my plane from cherry and walnut from the cutoff bin, and the wedge is made from walnut. In the pictures, you can see actual shavings from this plane from the piece of lyptus you can also see. It’s been finished with danish oil and paste wax. The angle between the two faces for the chisel is 10 degrees, and the back face is at 45 to the sole of the plane. The wedge is 8 to accommodate the taper of the chisel. This plane is for a 3/4” chisel, but I plan to make a 1” and a 1/2” for kicks.

It was a lot of fun, and it’s always nice to be able to use a tool you’ve made yourself. I’m also a Ham Radio operator, and in that hobby, this would be called “homebrewed”, but of course, that also refers to a completely different hobby as well. I guess this is more appropriately “shop made”

If you’re getting started with hand planes, this is a really nice project to work on…


-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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#1 posted 1319 days ago

That is AWESOME!

Theoretically, you could probably make a plow plane or a moving fillister plane with the same concept.

I’m reading “The Handplane Book” by Garret Hack. If you’re into handplanes, you’s love this book! I do.

Handplanes DO rock!

Rock on.


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#2 posted 1319 days ago

Very nice de N1KM.

-- Matt, Austin, TX

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#3 posted 1319 days ago

Now you have done it!! Inspired another thing igota try :-)) VEry nice work. Thx for the post.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1319 days ago

Really nice one.
So wonderful to hear your passion for this, thank you.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 1319 days ago

And that will be my next “for the shop” build! Excellent! Thank you for sharing.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#6 posted 1319 days ago

Nice one I have got to do this!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 1319 days ago

great work! I’m gonna try to make one of these.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 1319 days ago

Sweet. You did a really nice job… This is something you can be proud of many years to come.. Don’t forget to sign and date it.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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