How to make wide groove (around 1/2 ") with hant tool ?

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Forum topic by alex posted 12-17-2011 04:19 PM 1101 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2011 04:19 PM

Hi all,

i’ve made a drawer bottom plane and now i’m looking to make some groove around 0.5”;

what kind do i have to use ?



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#1 posted 12-17-2011 05:34 PM

Alex, if I understand your question correctly, then you would probably want to use a router plane. Here is a link to a video for cutting a sliding dovetail, but the procedure would be almost identical. Start watching at about 8 minutes:

Sorry if I misunderstood your question and led you astray.

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 06:34 PM

1/2” dado plane, or cut sides with a stair saw and clean up with a router plane.


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#3 posted 12-17-2011 07:37 PM

many many thanks for you two !!

it’s exactly what i want to do !

thanks you for your quick answer



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#4 posted 12-18-2011 02:42 AM

Wouldn’t a plough plane be better?. The router plane is great for cleaning up grooves but isn’t the best choice for making them.


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#5 posted 12-20-2011 03:24 AM

Indeed, plough plane or Stanley 45 would be a better choice. The router plane is not for hogging out lots of material. You could use a saw like referenced above, but use a chisel to remove most of the waste then go to the router plane.

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