Chisel Plane

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Project by ChuckC posted 01-18-2012 06:33 AM 6662 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chisel plane is inspired by two others I saw on Lumberjocks:

I made mine from scrap cherry, black walnut, and padauk. I’m using a 1” socket chisel. I used a socket chisel so I can take off the handle if it gets in the way. I left the bandsaw marks on the top of the wedge which helps to lock in the blade.

The finish is just wax.

I’ve had this for a few weeks and I have to say I’m surprised that it actually takes clean shavings.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 07:40 AM

pretty darn nice ,a very cool chisel plane.

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 11:12 AM

Nice work, I read an article about these one time. I’m glad it works well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 06:11 PM

Very nice, I would have expected the blade to be reversed but it it works that’s the ultimate test.

-- Paul

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 08:36 PM

Wow, I am in the market for a shoulder plane, this would work! I really like the design, looks like you really spent some time on the finer parts.

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 09:07 PM

Great job! I’m almost finished with my chisiel plane also which I’ll post. I noticed two differences. I cut the angle of the chisiel 45 degrees and installed the chiesel bevel down. Just a quick test run didn’t produce very good results. Your angle looks a little steeper but those shavings are great. Thanks for posting.

-- Bryan

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 10:32 PM

Thanks for the great comments!

@Bsmith: The angle of the chisel is at 45 degrees. The opposing angle for the wedge is at 51 degrees.

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 12:13 AM

That looks VERY well done! Thanks for posting!

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 01:46 AM

I wish there was a “Like” Button on here. Nice job.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 03:26 AM

Very clean looking plane. The pictures came out nice too.
Thanks for the post. I am inspired!


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#10 posted 01-19-2012 07:01 AM

Very nice! Looks like another interesting project to try.

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#11 posted 01-19-2012 07:08 AM

Looks better than my little 1/2” chisel plane

Also hand-made.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#12 posted 01-19-2012 04:14 PM

That’s very beautiful! I like the padauk “liner” piece—it’s a striking design element. I’m curious how you constructed that—did you cut the plane body apart, glue on the paduak, and then attach both parts separately to the shoulder element?

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