The Bullnose Plane

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The Bullnose plane is not a tool which would be classed as an ‘essential’, but it is certainly one which is worthy of an honourable mention. Though it’s best use is as a refining plane for rebates, Paul often reaches for it for a variety of tasks, such as removing internal arrises on drawers and box-type parts. In this video Paul demonstrates the plane’s adaptable functionality. Once set up, the plane can be a joy to use when perfecting work and would be a great addition to any tool collection.

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  1. Martyn Oliver on 4 July 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve really only used mine for taking off the arris, so far, but there are some really good tips here. Thank you!

  2. mcael on 4 July 2019 at 2:38 pm

    What about a shoulder plane Paul, need one or what ?

  3. John Devereux on 4 July 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Bought mine in the nineteen fifties and used it in my work. And ever since. Still looks good, still does everything Paul says. His last tip about the overwide blade might not be obvious. The designer makers knew what they were doing. It also had the advantage long ago of being part in a tool kit I took on a bus. Still running on the original battery! A tool for finessing, just as Paul shows.

    Thank you again Mr Sellers

  4. Al on 4 July 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Perfect timing for this episode! I just yesterday acquired a vintage Stanley 90 Bullnose. I’ve been looking for a while based on your mentions of this plane in other videos.

    Any advise on how to properly tune this plane? What angle do you sharpen the blade to? Any special watchouts or tips on how to get the best results?


    p.s.; I’ve been watching your videos for some time, but this is my first post. I absolutely love how you bring things to life in such a practical and approachable manner. That truly is lost art in the world today.

  5. cagenuts on 4 July 2019 at 3:28 pm


  6. Kent Cripps on 4 July 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Instead of using a fence as Paul suggests, I’ve been known to cant my shoulder plane 45 degrees or so and run it down a scribe line to create a v-groove. After to groove is started, I start to level the plane as I continue to shave to create my rabbet (rebate). This usually requires a quick clean-up of the shoulder, but that’s very easy since I already have the right plane in my hand.

    • SharpPencil on 4 July 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Exactly Kent…..I often use a scribed groove ( and a sticking board) when using one of my skewed wooden rebate planes…….many different ways to achieve a rebate…..all good fun

      • Kent Cripps on 6 July 2019 at 2:59 am

        Now that you mention it, that’s where I heard of this technique. I love learning about all the different ways of skinning cats.

  7. Kermit Chamberlin on 4 July 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve owned my 90 and 92 for decades. Hardly a day goes by but what I use one or both. Very simple tools that take a wee bit of skill to use well, IMO.

  8. Bo Asher on 4 July 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for another great video. I purchased a no. 92 Stanley shoulder plane a while back and I love it. Since I have had the 92 though I have been wanting to order the smaller bullnose plane so I think that’s my next investment. So thanks for the insight. I never buy new tools though because I love just collecting the older planes and tools. Every time I get one, I will spend days thinking about it’s journey and who may have owned it before and what kind of workshop it might have been in. Thanks again and I am looking forward to the next video.

  9. Roeland Brekelmans on 4 July 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Hai Paul, Nice video but a bit brief.
    I missed the info that you can use this plane also as a chisel plane.
    I have several of them and the are essential in cabinet restoration
    Groetnis, Roeland

  10. Eddy Flynn on 4 July 2019 at 4:57 pm

    There goes another tool rocketing in price ,great video all the same

    • Al on 4 July 2019 at 5:03 pm

      The Stanley 90 has already been pretty high priced on eBay. I have been looking for quite a while, and just snuck in on an auction that ended early last Sunday morning and scored a good deal.

    • SharpPencil on 4 July 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Eddy…..long time no see… were a regular ” commentor”

  11. Farred on 4 July 2019 at 7:56 pm

    And there goes the price of bullnose planes on eBay.

    Coincidentally, that was the first use I found for a bullnose–trimming a drawer recess; nothing else would work.

    Thanks, Paul. I never noticed mine had an adjustable nose until now.

  12. Salko Safic on 4 July 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I have one and only ever used it for one operation. All those operations shown in the video other than taking the corners off can be performed with a rebate plane or a shoulder plane. There is far too little real estate in front of the blade to give any satisfactory cut on for example a shoulder of a tenon upon entering the cut. Either way, regardless shoulder or bullnose, trimming shoulders on tenons, I feel doesn’t belong in the hand tool arena, but was more devised for the machinists who cut perfect 90° tenons and shoulders and needs to take a few thou off.

  13. Christopher Johnston on 5 July 2019 at 4:05 am

    I have used my bully for shoulders on tenons . i dont know why but it feels easier and more comfortable than my other small planes . I wouldnt be without it.

  14. Eduardo Cintra de Freitas on 6 July 2019 at 6:08 pm

    what about those clamps you used on the video, Paul? Interesting ones!
    Do you got a video on it? thanks!

  15. Sandy on 9 July 2019 at 9:05 am

    I actually have a couple of those I picked up at a tool sale years ago. I think it is an essential tool and I use it often on tinons for final fitting. Great short video for a great tool use.

  16. Terry Dixon on 22 November 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Paul,
    as a matter of interest perhaps, I bought a small bullnose/chisel plane from a junk shop about 45 years ago for a pound or two, I forget now much I pad now but it was minimal, I’ve used it ever since and it turned out to be a Preston 2509 with removable nose. Unfortunately it is fitted with a Record replacement blade and not the original Preston cast steel one.

  17. Godwin Xuereb on 7 May 2021 at 10:50 am

    Hi Paul, Very interesting video, I bought mine on your recommendation and have not been disappointed 🙂
    I have used it on more than one project and it has become one of my favourite planes.
    Can you explain more how to adjust a door’s frame if it is twisted please?

    • Izzy Berger on 10 June 2021 at 9:17 am


      Paul says:
      You bring the door to close the point that it touches the free style. Whatever distance discrepancy you have is the amount you must remove from the high point. You can chisel down to the low point by that amount and then you must plane into the low point.


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