Dinky parts want dinky tools

(no, not the stunning tools of John Maki (images) or Paul Hamler)

I have ten 5/16″ x 1/4″ red oak “struts/swizzle sticks” that I roughed out on the table saw and now need saw marks removed and width reduced to fit a dado. Even a block plane is a pain to keep balanced on the thin stick (the narrowest Stanley is 1 3/8″ wide, the “sub” blocks are 1″ wide (as is the bull nose), the thin rabbits are 3/4″ wide). But this miter plane is only 3/4″ wide with a 1/2″ blade. The advantage over the rabbits is it is lower and less prone to tear out (higher cutting angle). Just butt the stick into a dog (my dog strip has too many craters for thin stuff and wagon vise causes them to bow) and plane away. Here I’m taking some deepish cuts to get down to size quick:plane-ing strutsThe dadoes aren’t super consistent (one end may be wider than the other) so adding runners to a wider plane wouldn’t be a good solution. And this is simple.

I made this plane on a lark and it gets very little use. Sure was handy for this project though.

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