The Chisel Plane

December 16, 2007

The chisel plane is the ideal choice for getting into tight, hard to reach places that ordinary planes could never get to.

Consisting of a body with no mouth or toe, the blade of the chisel plane protrudes out the front edge. This is what allows it to get into those tight areas, but it’s also the reason that the blade must be set for very light cuts. If the proper hand pressure isn’t maintained, it’s possible for the blade to dig deep into the cutting surface vs. making its paring cut.

Currently Lie-Nielsen is making a modern day version of the chisel plane. In fact they’re making two versions, one big and one small.

My resources for all things hand planes…Patrick’s Blood and Gore at , Planecraft , “The Hand Plane Book” by Garrett Hack.

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