Wooden Chisel Plane
Build this classic tool in an afternoon
Synopsis: Build a classic wooden chisel plane with detailed project plans and instruction by woodworker Norm Pollack. The location of the blade is what makes the chisel plane unique. This article details how to make the body, cut the taper with a trimming jig, rout the finger grooves, shape the heel, mount the threaded insert, and make the cap. Pollack also shares finishing tips and his methods for adjusting and using the plane.
Tools are made to fill a need. That’s why the chisel plane has been around for centuries in one form or another. It’s able to do some things that other planes can’t do as well—or at all.
What’s unique about the chisel plane is the location of the blade. It extends ever so slightly out the front, allowing a planing cut right up to an inside corner. A bench chisel can do the…