What is a bullnose plane?
What it's used for
Useful in tight spaces
The bullnose plane – so called because it has a front end that looks like a rounded nose – is a small plane with a very short leading edge to its body, so that it can be used in tight spaces.
Most commonly, it is either a shoulder or rebate plane that can be used to plane almost right into corners.
The cutting edge - which is flush with the sides of the plane - goes almost up to the front end of the plane's body, so that very little material is missed in a corner.
Any final tidying up can then be done with a chisel, or a chisel plane – see
Removable nose section
At least one manufacturer of hand planes has thought this through and come up with a bullnose plane with a removable nose section, so the plane effectively becomes a chisel plane for access right into the corner.
Metal versions of the bullnose plane made by Stanley were allocated Stanley model numbers, some of which are still used today by Stanley and other plane manufacturers.
Planes based on the Stanley No. 75 and No. 90 are still readily available.