Turn a block plane into a chisel plane

Article Image For duties like trimming wooden plugs or
eradicating dried glue in corners, I’ve wished a chisel airplane for a
lengthy whereas. I do know they’re obtainable commercially, however I had a
brainstorm when taking a look at a broken-down block airplane in my components
pile: “Why not simply lower the toe off of this?” I took a hacksaw
and made a curving lower, ending behind the mouth. Then I
used a bench grinder to spherical the perimeters, and a smooth-cut mill
file to refine the form additional and take away burrs. I lapped the
sole flat on sandpaper and stones and honed the iron, and my
shopmade chisel airplane works splendidly. By the best way, my unique
beat-up block airplane was a Stanley-Bailey 12-960 low-angle mannequin,
which can be obtainable new for underneath $40, in order that’s probably the most
you’ll should spend. —BRYAN KOPPERT, Loudonville , Ohio

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