Wooden Chamfer Plane




In this Instructable I want to show you how to build your own hand plane but with the particularity that it's made to be used with a chisel. Its utility is to chamfer the corners of the wood.

This tool can be made with electric tools, but one again as usual I have decided to make it only 100% with hand tools.

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I would also apologise for my English as a non-native English speaker some terms are very difficult for me. Forward, inscrutable!!

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Pinewood & Sapeli
  • Brass tubes (4mm)
  • Titebond Glue classic
  • Wood wax


  • Engineers Square
  • Pencil
  • Japanese Saw & magnetic saw guide
  • Stanley No 5 plane & Block plane
  • Caliper Mitutoyo
  • Gauge Veritas
  • Wooden clamp
  • Angle Level
  • Sanding Paper grit 250
  • Hand Drill & Drill bit (4mm)
  • Saw Metal
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Shooting board

Step 2: Cutting the Main Piece

We have to start cutting the main piece. I'm going to tell you the sizes as reference, but you will have to use others depending on the size of your own chisel.

First of all I cut a piece of (158mm) with the help of a magnetic saw guide that I made some projects before. Then we have to calculate the thickness of the wood: this has to be slightly smaller that the chisel we're going to use, in my case 11mm. For this I use a gauge and afterwards a hand plane.

We will complete it making the cuts I made with the saw more precise with the help of a shooting board.

* It's very important that the piece remains completely straight.

Step 3: Creating a 45º Angle With a Block Plane

We have to mark a 45º angle at the two ends of the wood in the same way as the picture marking an angle that we will eliminate with the block plane.

Then we will cut the piece in half becoming two identical pieces. We can see that joining these the resulting angle is of 90º.

Step 4: First Gluing

Now we have to glue the 2 pieces entering by the middle a DM piece. This new piece will be the gauge of the chamfer: the more the thickness, the more the chamfer that will make our plane.

Step 5: Dividing the Piece Into 3

Once the glue has dried, we have to mark the figure on 2 sapeli boards and cut them for later use. Using an engineers square and an angle level we mark a 45º angle and we cut it. As you can see in the video you will have 3 pieces and we will save the centre piece for later.

Step 6: Gluing the Covers of the Hand Plane

We have to glue the 2 sapeli boards cut previously and we let them dry.

Once dried we use a plane to help flatten the piece finishing it with a sanding paper grit 250.

Step 7: Fixation of the Chisel

Using a hand drill and a bit drill of 4mm, drill 2 holes of 40mm from the extreme and 7,40mm of the upper part. Then cut a laton tube with the width of the plane and we will introduce it through the holes.

Mark and cut the piece that we save previously and we will use it as fixation for our chisel.

Step 8: Final Finishing

For a smoother touch use sanding papel and wood wax.



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    24 Discussions

    Kink Jarfold

    1 year ago on Step 8

    A fan of Roy Underhill, I truly enjoyed the skill and craftsmanship that went into this non-tool build. And you wound up with a beautiful tool, too.


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    1 year ago

    this is a very nice small and useful project, and you’ve done a great job with the text and multimedia content.


    1 year ago

    Is there a way to reproduce a cutting depth after the chisel has been removed?


    2 years ago

    Why did you use pine? A smooth grained hardwood like maple would work better.

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    You're right, I began it as a prototype and finally I finished it with this wood. I know that is not the best wood to make it, good observation!!


    Reply 2 years ago

    It's really cool! I'll probably make one after my speaker project and guitar project; then I should have time.


    2 years ago

    You're in the newsletter Mikel! Hope those views keep coming!

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Delightful to see someone using traditional hand tools effectively and what a smashing project. My former woodworking tutor was always telling my classmates and I to 'remove the arris' on every corner and it is not as easy as you might think to create chamfers of uniform size and angle with only a block plane and your own judgement! This tool will remove the inaccuracy of using your own eye, making every chamfer the same instead.

    Thank you for sharing ?

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    2 years ago

    Excellent post. I shall be making one using your techniques!

    1 reply