Yesterday we featured a product that can turn your a chisel into a plane; today we’ll show you a plane that you might use in some of the same operations where you’d use a chisel, like removing glue or trimming plugs. It also works well at trimming box and dovetail joints flush and cleaning up rabbets. You don’t want to use this plane like you would a normal plane though, because there’s no support in front of the blade.
Lie-Nielsen patterned their chisel planes after an older Stanley plane. They make two versions: a 10″ by 2-1/4″ and a 6-1/2″ by 1-3/4″. They make the body and cap out of bronze and use a cherry knob and stainless-steel blade adjuster. Lie-Nielsen’s small chisel plane will run you $140, while their larger version will set you back $200.
If you’re still interested in chisel planes, but don’t want to pay quite that much, WoodRiver (Woodcraft’s house brand) also makes both large and small chisel planes. To save money they cast the body out of stainless-steel. Their smaller plane has a footprint of 4-1/2” by 1-3/4” and their larger plane, 9-1/2″ by 2-1/4″. The small WoodRiver chisel plane will run you $60 and the large one, $130.
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