Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Drawer Bottom Plane

Out of stock. More coming late spring 2019.

A common method of drawer construction is to plow grooves into the drawer sides and front to capture the drawer bottom, which is then slid in from the back. The drawer bottom plane is a dedicated fixed plow plane to do cut these grooves quickly and easily with minimal set up. It cuts a groove 1/4″ wide and 1/4″ deep, inset from the edge 1/4″. The fence and depth stop are fixed so cuts are consistent and repeatable. This plane employs a steel skate for long life, and this skate engages into a groove in the back of the iron to ensure it locates to the same setting when the iron is removed from the plane. It is adjusted the same as any other side escapement plane except for the fact the iron locates on the skate rather than the blind side of the mortise. The iron is O-1 tool steel and is bedded at 50 degrees, enabling heavy cuts to be taken if desired. Made of quarter sawn beech. Price is $295, and may be purchased here. Like all of our planes, it is sharp and ready to use right out of the box.

Drawer bottom plane with sample cut
Detail of steel skate and iron
Heel stamping
Sample groove

Hollow and Round Plans in stock now.

We now have full size engineered drawings for the most common hollow and round planes available for purchase. These are copies of hand drawn prints done using traditional drafting techniques. Each size includes all necessary dimensions for constructing your own planes. Sizes available are #4 (1/4″ radius), #6 (3/8″ radius), #8 (1/2″ radius), #10 (5/8″ radius), and #12 (3/4″ radius).

These are not instructions on how to construct these tools. For information on that, We recommend the DVD Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes, by Larry Williams, that is available from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Or better yet, sign up for one of our classes on making hollow and rounds for a three day immersion into plane making.

Plans are to introduce tapered irons specifically for these hollow and rounds in the near future. At this time, price has not yet been determined for these irons. Meanwhile, irons can also be purchased from Lie-Nielsen. We also offer quarter sawn beech billets for these planes. Sizes needed for each size are listed below.

  • #4, 3/4″ billet
  • #6 3/4″ billet
  • #8 1″ billet
  • #10 1″ billet
  • #12 1 1/4″ billet

The photo below shows the layout of the #4 size before dimensions and notes where added. All sizes are of similar layout.

Price per print is $15. We are offering a special price of $65 for the full set of five prints. They may be purchased here.

#4 Hollow and Round print ready for dimensions and notes.
Drawings available for five sizes of hollow and rounds.