How to make a Shoulder Plane

Shoulder planes are a useful addition to a woodworkers arsenal, they are used for adding a rabbett or groove to a piece of wood.

A lot of woodworkers use a router for this task, however there are times when a hand tool is more appropriate, particularly if you want to work quickly without the hassle of setting up a router.

This is a Shoulder Plane I made out of Purple Heart, although any hard wearing wood can be used.