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A corner rounding planes — also known as a radi planes —  knock the sharp edges off wood to create a nice, rounded finish.  But while they’re simple to use, that’re hard to find — which makes them even cooler to own.

They’re pretty easy to use, too: just align the edge of your workpiece into the channel at the bottom of the plane and set the depth of the cutting blade with the set screw on top.  Then drag the plane down the edge in long stokes.  They’re actually easier to use than normal planes because the channel on the plane won’t let you mess up the depth of the cut.  So, multiple stokes from different starting locations will match in depth and won’t leave unsightly marks.  Even a novice can walk away with nicely rounded edges in a few minutes with little effort.

But on to the hard part: scoring one (or more) of your own.  We went looking for them this weekend and came up short locally.  However, a search on the web turned up some $95 options.  That’s probably fair, but it’s just not in our poor-blogger budgets right now.  If any of you know a of good source for quality corner planes let us know in comments.  (And if you’ve got $95 burning a hole in your wallet — this is an excellent way to spend it.)

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8 Responses to Corner Planes: Easy To Use, Hard To Find

  1. Tom says:

    You might try making one. I have never tried (yet), but there are plenty of people who do it. This guy does it all the time on TV http://www.pbs.org/wws/program/roy.html

  2. Bill B says:

    Patrick’s Blood and Gore has some additional information. Worth a read before spending too much effort hunting one of these down for use:

    http://supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan13.htm#num144

  3. Steve Thompson says:

    Wow. Is Roy Underhill still on?!?!? He’s a talented guy, I’m sure, but this used to be the only DIY program my girlfriend would watch – she couldn’t wait for the times he would cut the beejeezus out of himself and just keep going. We always thought he would be a good SNL parody. A close second was the episode of Home Again where Bob Vila’s carpenter, Ryley, showed up in a cast, barking orders at another carpenter. Eventaully he admitted that blade guards are there for a reason.

    Anyway, I picked up an old Stanley corner plane, with roundover and chamfer irons at a flea market a few years ago for less than 10 bucks. It’s a long shot – but definitely your best value.

  4. Tim Underwood says:

    I have a small tool about the size of an old churchkey that is bent at each end into a semicircle with one opening up and the other down. In the center of the bent section there is a hole that when pulled over a corner neatly rounds the corner over. A different size hole at each end gives two different radii. I picked it up at a local hardware stores’ dollar table.

  5. Michael W. says:

    This is similar in style (and price) to the one I own. I bought mine about 12 years ago. You still need to watch grain direction with these, tear out can happen pretty quickly.

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    also at Woodcraft

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    and even Shopsmith

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  6. Hank says:

    http://www.supertool.com/forsale/may2007.htm

    As Bill B. says, Patrick Leach has all the planes, but to find one in a reasonable price, you will have to write him and he will look out for one. The more rare, the more monetary hair, obviously.

    This is a monthly list if anyone wants to get on it.

  7. Brad says:

    Try http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com/

    They’ve got a reproduction version available for $65.00. Lots of other cool stuff as well.

  8. Rob says:

    These are pretty cool but the router does a great job, is just about as easy and readily available.

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