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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.

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.

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.

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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