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The latest Lee Valley Woodworking Newsletter (Vol. 4, Issue 5, May 2010) has a great article on how Konrad Sauer reproduced a handled badger plane. Badger planes, “generally considered to be Scottish in origin,” have a blade that is both skewed and rotated (about 10°) so the blade exits out of one side of the plane allowing it to cut rebates.

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The original, from Ken Roberts (author of books on woodworking and planes), is shown above. It has a cast plane body that was damaged where the blade exits on the side, and also had a broken front bun.

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Although it’s difficult to see in the above pictures, the completed reproduction is a metal dovetailed version. The Lee Valley link has many more pictures of the processes and mock-ups Konrad used. He also details his thinking and trade-offs as he worked on this project.

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Lee Valley Woodworking Newsletter May 2010

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4 Responses to Reproducing A Badger Plane

  1. Mike47 says:

    “…the blade exits out of one side of the plane allowing it to cut rebates.” I usually use scissors to cut out rebates. Rabbets, now that’s a different story. (Yeah, I know it’s the British version of the word… couldn’t help myself.)

  2. Jerry says:

    Sitting here laughing at Mike47, I have to say that is truly a beautiful plane. It brought to mind trying to explain to my daughter many years ago about going into the shop to cut “rabbits.” She was very upset considering she had a pet rabbit. Language can be fun.

  3. JH says:

    Konrad Sauer is amazingly skilled. Here is his blog: http://sauerandsteiner.blogspot.com/

  4. Gary says:

    Yeah, if I was rich, I’d buy his planes. Tool as art. Perfectly happy with my LVs tho. Now if they’ll just come out with a dado plane…

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