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
adjustment and stop
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.