So in the spirit of getting everyone in the shop and cutting up some wood I decided to post up a measured drawing of a 3/4″ wooden rabbet plane in the 18th century style.
It is all wood with the exception of the blade which is easily gotten from Lie-Nielsen here. It features a conical escapement and some simple embellishments that a hand plane, chisel, and #7 sweep gouge can handle.
The plans are basic with a few things that can be easily changed if you like. Such as the bed angle is shown at 55˚, for hardwoods, but could be 45˚or 50˚or even 60˚. I show boxing on the plane but it is of course not a must especially if you are using a hard wood like beech in the first place but it will increase the life of the sole for a heavy user if you decide to add it. And of course you can increase or decrease the width.
I only have one request and that is if you want to post these anywhere else online please link back to this page/ post. I offer these as a free download but they are not intended for commercial use. Again please limit the use of this design to your personal use and please don’t be silly and try to sell them on Ebay. It is FREE! and it is © copy right protected.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE DOWNLOAD PAGE. (Click on the download button in the upper right corner of the new page to begin download.)
Have fun ya’ll!
NOTE: The plans are in PDF format. If you don’t have a PDF reader Adobe Acrobat is a free software that will make it viewable and printable. The plans are 11″x17″ and any print shop can print this or just print it in two pages on your home computer. Make sure where ever you print it that the “scale” is set to 100% or the measurements won’t be accurate on the print.
If I made any errors anywhere in the plans please let me know so I can update them.