Chisel Plane

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 939 days ago 4041 views 31 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of a chisel plane, inspired by GarageWoodworks. I wanted a rabbet plane of some sort to clean up after my new fillister plane and while I’ll probably eventually buy one, I remembered the chisel plane project sitting in my favorites and decided to have a go at it.

It’s made of 3/4” maple with a walnut backer. The woods are both leftovers from my Inkle Loom of a few summers ago.

There are a couple of little follies (conceits?) on the project. The wedge is half maple and half walnut to mirror the plane body. And the back of the walnut is carved in a running braid pattern I picked up from Peter Follansbee—he explains it here. I’m not much of a carver, but this is fairly easy, matched the few carving chisels I have, and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Blog to come.

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#1 posted 939 days ago

very nice.

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#2 posted 939 days ago


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 939 days ago

Good job on the whole project, make your chisels do double duty. I was impressed with the carving,

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#4 posted 939 days ago

I always love chisel planes – a definite one on my list to do as well. But you don’t see a lot of planes with carvings in them, and the carvings here look terrific. Great work, thanks for posting.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 938 days ago

Looks good Scott

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#6 posted 938 days ago

Nicely done !

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#7 posted 938 days ago

Who came first the chicken or the egg ? In this case what came first the chisel or the plane ? I really like this one !

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#8 posted 938 days ago

I love that fact that you took the time to adorn it. We don’t do that enough. Fantastic!

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#9 posted 938 days ago

So many years ago that I’ve forgotten the source, I read a quote in which the author commended the work of earlier craftsman. “Nothing was too small to have pain made in its construction,” meaning that even mundane objects were made with care and beauty. Glad to see such an ethic is still around. Well done. :0)

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#10 posted 938 days ago

Very nice, going into my todo list.

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#11 posted 938 days ago

Wow! I’ve never seen one of these before, never even heard of them. I love it! The idea, and your version of it, are both awesome. How does it perform? Your carving looks good as %$# for someone who is “not much of a carver” . There may be hope for me yet.
Thanks a bunch for sharing and for the links.

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#12 posted 938 days ago

I also admired the braid and your choice to decorate this tool with it : )

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#13 posted 938 days ago

Aww, that’s just too cool. Nice work.

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#14 posted 938 days ago

Way Cool! I need to make something for a friend that sent me about 50 BF of hard wood. One of these will be something he can put in his huge shop and possibly actually use!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 938 days ago

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I’ve added a blog entry showing my process and how I made the carving.

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