Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 6
   July 2010
   From the Collection

The Chamfer Plane

Chamfer plane

We previously explored the process of creating a chamfer by adding guides to an already-existing tool to alter the original purpose of the parent tool (Volume 1, Issue 3). Using this plane to make a chamfer employs a process unlike the one previously described. This plane was purposely built to perform just one function; it cannot be altered from its intended use, except to control the depth and length of cut.

Blade adjustment and stop   Disassembled plane
Blade adjustment and stop   Disassembled plane

Constructed from rosewood and steel and measuring 7" long x 2-1/8" wide, the plane is extremely well made. Its proportions not only please the eye but also fit the hand well during use. The user doesn't get the feeling that special techniques need to be employed to make the plane function as the maker intended. What appears to be a finger rest at the front is, in fact, a stop used to create a stopped chamfer. Sliding the stop down regulates the distance from the end of the cutter. It may be applied when working with an assembled piece or with a fixed stop on a long section. When the stop is retracted, the tool reverts to the form of a standard chamfer plane and can be used to cut a controlled chamfer along an entire edge.
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