Block planes and other bevel-up planes are often effective in planing the difficult nature of end grain. I think people delight in seeing the new planes because not only do they create nostalgia but they actually work! There are price guides written expressly for wood planes. Our Mission The founding premise of the group is the advancement and sharing of knowledge concerning newly discovered, undocumented, and ill-documented American wooden plane makers. Polishing planes are the same length as western smoothing planes, and unlike Western planes, which are pushed across a board, is pulled with both hands towards the user. The only problem is that many of the older wooden planes are in poor condition, with splits, cracks, and missing parts.
In spite of my upbringing, I went for the fool and rounded up to the nearest hundred. We work with custom sawyers in prime beech areas to maintain a stock of quality beech plane stock and dry it ourselves. Router planes come in several sizes and can also be pressed into service to thickness the cheeks of tenons so that they are parallel to the face of the board. Now a days we see so many old wooden planes at car boot sales and the like that many of us are used to seeing these tools when then are very worn and out of shape. Other antique tool price guides have generalized sections on woodworking tools or a specific section on wood planes. What I mean is that there is nowhere to hide, no way to patch veneer, or fill in with glue or putty or shellac.
When making mouldings, hollows and rounds must be used together to create the several shapes of the profile. Besides, with tricks like that, who needed treats? Someone had put all this together just to trick me! The first thing to examine on an old chest is the screws. I only wish I had learned these skills years ago. The distraction of the mysteries within arm's reach caused me to run off the road once as I rummaged blindly, pulling out a brace, a gauge, a plane. The brace, plated with inset brass, was unmarked and had less to say.
I figured it was worth the gamble. Thanks to the invention of planes, a moderately skilled workman could produce the same quality carpentry that previously had taken a master. This is largely a matter of cutting with the grain or against the grain respectively, referring to the side grain of the piece of wood being worked. It has taken years of refinement to get where we are today and we'll likely continue to make subtle changes. Keep up the good work with the posts and videos. He searched his files, but E, Flint was not there—yet. Neurosurgeons could take a lesson from the detail with which he had me describe the planes to him.
Such unstamped tools could usually be had at a considerable discount. While Old Street Tool planes are in museum and other collections our past and future tools were and will be produced with the intent of being used at a craftsmen's bench. English steel and American wood. No part may be reproduced by any means without express written permission. During his early period, his planes were 10 inches or longer. Or you can check on I recently wrote on this same subject, but with a bit more detail about the individual steps. However, they may be used as a single plane to create a simple decorative cove or round-over on the edge of a board.
Because these features can look very different on planes of different sizes, we've fine tuned the proportions and presentation of these elements so that planes of all sizes look related to each other-like they're part of a set. In this case, a very sharp and finely-set blade is required. Some smaller modern hand tool manufacturers still make beautiful reproduction hand planers, but vintage wooden jack planes are much less expensive. Some folks had just moved into an old house, in back of which was a garden shed full of junk. With some very figured and difficult woods, the grain runs in many directions and therefore working against the grain is inevitable. Hand planes are generally the combination of a cutting edge, such as a sharpened metal plate, attached to a firm body, that when moved over a wood surface, take up relatively uniform shavings, by nature of the body riding on the 'high spots' in the wood, and also by providing a relatively constant angle to the cutting edge, render the planed surface very smooth.
Instead of grinding the iron down, I added a thin shop made veneer to both sides of the plane body. The shrinking wood had caused the brass to pop free of its screws. Wood bodied jointer planes are excellent if you want to spend the time making or refurbishing one sufficiently. I found them in their back yard, sitting in lawn chairs around a large dirty box. A transitional hand plane is a hybrid between a metal stanley plane and a wood plane: Some traditional woodworkers love the feeling and light weight of an all-wooden jack plane or a transitional plane. At Old Street Tool we're proud of the results of our efforts.
Master craftsman David Finck has written the definitive book in the field and a classic introduction to the fine art of woodworking. Jay said this was the combination to expect. The websites of many experienced tool collectors and antique shops provide helpful pictures, measurements and other valuable information used to identify wood planes from years gone by. They are excellent in every way. Many of the machines we now use have been modified, much of the tooling and the all fixtures have been custom made for our needs. Metal hane planes are easier to find, easier to adjust, and are usually in better shape than a typical wooden plane.
Grain Orientation And Species May Require Two Or Three Passes. As luck would have it, I did, in fact, manage to make a crummier plane than the first one, and I ended up borrowing one from instructor Michael Burns to start and finish the cabinet I had planned. A large, flat sole on a plane guides the cutter to remove only the highest parts of an imperfect surface, until, after several passes, the surface is flat and smooth. March 3rd I built my 1st wooden plane a few weeks ago from a Veritas hardware kit. Designs and tolerances were modified to accommodate the introduction of these machines and quality again suffered in the effort to reduce labor costs. One of Clark's smoother planes, and a fresh pile of fluffy shavings.
And the last two I made without having the plane iron. After all, you might spend the rest of your life building furniture for other people regardless of whether you are giving it away or being paid for it, which always still feels like you are giving it away , but you get to keep your planes. They were good tools, bearing hardly any sign of use—but much of abuse. As an aside, that Schwarz fellow is a nice chap too. The Lie-Nielsen is based off of the Stanley No. It will come perfectly flat, sharp, and well-tuned.