If I were to recommend one tool to do this job, it would be the shoulder plane. It’s an incredibly versatile tool that will not only complete this job to a brilliant standard, but also be incredibly versatile for your future projects. My plane of choice is the Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane.
It has many great features that set it apart from traditional shoulder plane designs. Most notably, the redesign of the level cap means that the ergonomics of the tool promotes your hands pushing it forward and down. As opposed to just downward like you would find on the curved lever cap of a Lie-Nielsen, Record or Stanley Shoulder Plane.
The small brass knob on the top of the plane looks out of place to begin with, however can be tilted both left and right. This means it can be hooked between your thumb and index finger when being used on its side. In addition, your index or middle finger can then be looped through the conveniently positioned hole in the side of the plane. Making it incredibly easy to hold and control when using horizontally.
These are very subtle differences that words do not do justice. If you live within travelling distance of a woodworking store that stocks Veritas, I encourage you to try one out. It will all make sense when you pick it up!
How to Flatten and Size the Lide
How to Shape the Finger Pull
Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.
A shoulder plane has an unknown weakness in its design, regardless of the manufacturer. This video will help you avoid this common pitfall and get your shoulder plane working as needed.
Have you got the plans yet?
The Student Series
Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!
Should you cut the first rebate before marking the second or mark them both at once? 0:54
How deep should you make the rebate? – 1:30
How to fix an uneven rebate – 2:55
Robs suggestion – 9:27