Grooving planes instead of a plow plane?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 01-27-2014 03:40 AM 3954 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2014 03:40 AM

I’ve noticed that plans for making drawers in the traditional style (which require making a groove near the bottom edges of the drawer front, back, and sides) seem to use similar dimensions for the groove: e.g., a 1/4”wide, 1/4” deep, and 1/4” from the bottom edge, for a small drawer). Instead of buying a plow plane to make grooves, could a person make a couple simple grooving planes that would work most of the time? If so, what are some standard dimensions for grooving planes that would cover most situations?

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 03:48 AM

Doesn’t show how he builds it, but you can see it in use. He apparently sells them as well on his website. I even thought about making one. Although, a table saw is faster.

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 11:49 AM

Lie Nielsen sells the blades, and in the description is a link to a pdf for making a groove plane:

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 08:02 PM

Lee Valley also sells a chisel plane that you can use your own chisel

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 12:38 AM

Fine Woodworking had an article on making grooving planes years ago. He designed planes to make 1/8” grooves, but there’s no reason you can’t alter the plans to house a 1/4” blade.

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