9 Reasons to Own a Shoulder Plane
Fine-tune your joinery with these tips and techniques
With its narrow profile, precisely milled sole, and blade that cuts fully into corners, the shoulder plane is much more than a specialty tool. In fact, contributing editor Chris Gochnour uses this narrow-bodied handplane almost every day. Here, he details nine different applications on a single project where the shoulder plane was the best tool for the job: trimming tenon cheeks to fit; refining tenon shoulders; tuning dadoes and grooves; cutting rabbets; tweaking rabbet joints; adjusting tongue-and-groove joints; removing machine joints; softening sharp edges; and trimming mitered molding.