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#1 posted 10-28-2010 08:28 PM

This idea is a bit against the grain but it might be something that appeals to you. (its a project I am working on right now but it is not ready yet, I’ll post a blog with full details when I am done)

If you frequent junk shops or estate sales or even ebay, it is fairly easy to find an old wooden rabbet plane with a wide (1” or wider) skewed iron. I run across them fairly often. Mount a thin (~1/4” or less) piece of flat stock to make a new side to the plane. This will be the side that the plane rides against on the shooting board. It will also be the side that keeps the plane from cutting into the shooting board. It will need to be jointed flat to the sole of the plane and of coarse the wall will need to be made 90 degrees to the sole.

The skew makes the shearing action of the chute better than a traditional non-skewed iron and duplicates a lot of what people are trying to accomplish by building a ramped shooting board. You do want the skew to be such that it forces the wood down against the board (which I think makes it a Left rabbet?)

Being a wooden bodied plane it also makes it a lot easier to put handle on it where you need it.

If you are against defiling old planes, look for one in bad shape, it will ease your conscience. Better to put an old abused plane back to work than burn it as junk.

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