Rob Cosman's Drawer Bottom Plane
When I was making custom furniture I made and used my own planes to cut drawer bottom grooves. The plane was easier and more precise than using a machine. When I started teaching I made a few planes for my students and when I featured it on my drawer making DVD I began to get a lot of requests for them. Now you can have one too.
This plane cuts a 1/4" groove 3/8" up from the reference edge and 1/4" deep.
The body is made from Birch or Maple
The blade is 3/16" thick and 1/4" wide.
The iron fits closely in the mortise to minimize set up time.
Easy to set up: get the blade close, set the wedge hand tight, tap the blade to the desired setting and seat the wedge with a light tap.
Tapping the rear of the plane will release the wedge.
Best of all, nice and quiet!
These are a great set of specialty planes to have. Why the pair and not just one for hand dominance well I like to always with the grain and although it works with the grain either way, it's easier and you get a btter finish with the grain. Very well made, The plane blade is good quality steel, I didn't even touch it on the stones before trying it out. It cut great. It's the perfect tool for the job. I highly recommend it if you're using another plane for the task. I especially like it being set up 3/8" from the bottom. easier to hide in half blind dovetails
Have only “tested” it on oak and pine. It worked great right out of the box. Love it!
Going to use it on an upcoming project I have practiced with it since getting it and it works very nicely
This thing works great In the middle of a box and don't have to worry about bottom cause of it
I have had this plane for only a few weeks, but in that time I have found it to perform with a facility worthy of its maker. It is so much better than a router (at this particular task): simple, quiet, fast and effective. And it is both stout and handsome—rather like Rob himself.