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James ran across this in the magazine ShopNotes.  He writes: “When I got issue 88, I was amazed by this article on how to make a shoulder plane.  Shoulder planes are rather expensive, but that’s not really why I want to build one.  The article includes full instructions for the metalworking required.  It even shows how to use your drill press as a vertical metalworking lathe.  I’ve wanted to learn metalworking for a long time so this looks like a great project for acquiring some of the skills.”

The site he submitted, PlansNOW, offers a full set of plans for $5.  Interestingly, I’d not seen ShopNotes before, so I was as excited about James’ mention of it as I was about the rest of his submission.

Have any of you Toolmongers tried this project?

Build a Dovetailed Shoulder Plane [PlansNOW]
ShopNotes Magazine [Corporate Site]


One Response to Homemade Tools: Build a Dovetailed Shoulder Plane

  1. OR says:

    Or you could get the plans here: http://www.woodworkingseminars.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/shopnotes-88-dovetailed-shoulder-plane.pdf
    for free. (or also from any library with the ebscohost vocational collection.. (really good by the way.. all kinds of magazines on woodworking, metalworking, anything else..)

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