I would like to share my method of refurbishing a traditional moulding plane. You MAY find a better deal shopping the flea markets, but Patrick does all the work for you, and that was well worth the price to me. I live in New Mexico and most of the wooden planes for sale here are firewood. All the mouldings in these pictures were made with three planes (after most of the material was removed with a tablesaw, of course): a rabbet plane, a #6 hollow, and a #6 round. The makers of barrels (coopers) and coaches even had their own special kinds of planes.
When properly marked with a documented and desirable maker’s names like Chelor or Nicholson, who were 18th century wooden molding plane makers, a plane like this can bring from several hundred to several thousand dollars in the antique tool marketplace. Your offer of the family plane is very generous and may be better to be handed on to the next generation -especially if your great grandfather was a furniture maker. Rosewood and Boxwood Handled Plow Plane Another wonderful example of a rare American plow plane.
You just have to be careful that a harlequin set of hollows & rounds has an accurate transition because not all plane makers had the exact same sizes. For example, the Denison family marked the actual size of the plane in inches, not a number in some system. For some reason I thought there were aftermarket plane blades made from A2 air hardening tool steel. Unfortunately I was not so careful with the plane and I am not sure where it is but rest assured if I find it I will PM you for your address and send it accross the pond to a home where it will be appreciated.
That can easily be half as much time as it would take to make a nice straight new tight plane from scratch. Herrli recommends laminating 8/4 in his video, but Larry Williams is really down on laminated planes in general so I’ve never been entirely clear on what to do about it. After an orientation to the tools and classroom setup I demonstrated how to evaluate a molding plane and how to tune up an iron. The better planes will have the nicker blade bedded in a mortise in the side of a the plane, a wedge holding it tight. This plane dates from the late 1800’s and is a popular and desirable collectible plane for several different reasons.
Until the mass-production techniques of the Industrial Revolution, wooden planes with iron blades were the dominant form. I believe they did this because plane makers were used to making planes with the tapered irons, and changing to a parallel iron meant making new jigs at slightly different angles for the layout and making of their planes…Sometimes you have try things out – just because everyone does it this way doesn’t mean its correct! To 10 inches, as compared to the standa…rd 9 ½-inch length of English and later American planes.
The allows a rabbet plane to cut flush to an edge, just like its metallic counterparts like the Stanley no. 10. Most rabbet planes have skewed blades which makes them perform much better when planing cross-grain, similar to skewing a hand plane. I learned this self sufficient attitude from working for an antique dealer where I often had to replicate missing parts, with spare tools.
Thanks to this tradition, antique wooden planes are easy to date and identify—there are almost 3,000 known American, Canadian, and English planemakers. So if you wanted to cut a circle of one inch radius (or two inch diameter), you just reached for a plane with an iron width of one inch. So if I have a 3/4″ space to play in, then I can use my #6 set to put 2, 3/8″ wide elements into the moulding. Bench planes were used to plane wood to the desired thickness and to make it straight and smooth. Uses: Rabbet planes can cut rabbets but, despite their name, they do not excel at this.
When you begin making passes, two shavings are ejected from the plane and you can look to make sure that both shavings are coming out the same size. E exhibits the proper characteristics that would lead one to believe that it is an 18th century American plane dating from the mid to late 1700’s. There is no indication in the catalog that odd numbered planes were offered by Chapin-Stephens. It is very hard to set and hold a parallel iron, compared to a tapered iron, in a traditonal wood wedged plane. Hey Dave – now that is a great video for the plane challenged” folk such as myself.
I bought a half set of hollows and rounds and a set of ovolos and some odds and ends, over 30 planes total for about $700 plus about $50 in shipping. However, the lack of consistency is so frustrating that I have all but abandoned buying planes form this maker. In contrast, the Greenfield catalog states that odd numbered planes were offered, and that they fell halfway between the sizes of the even numbered plane on either side. Copyright © 1995 – 2016, Union Hill Antique Tools All rights reserved on all pages in this web site.
General Features Tongue and Groove planes (also called match planes) are sold in matched pairs intended to work with each other. The cutters of the 55 are literally suspended in midair—without benefit of a wooden molding plane’s shaped sole to support the cut. You can predetermine the angle of the moulding by holding the rabbet plane so that it rests on the two edges of the rabbets to be worked. At first, woodworkers were resistant to the change, and so manufacturers introduced transitional” or wood-bottomed” planes around 1860, which offered the worn-in feel” of wooden planes but the more accurate blade-setting capabilities of the metal planes.
My friend Billy McMillen (Of Eastfield Village, Historic Richmond Town, EAIA and CW Tinsmithing fame) had this nice plumb level for sale. With multiple levels of till, some on hinges and some with telescoping elements this chest looked quite heavy even without any tools in it. It clearly showed off the skill and the massive tool set of its original owner. You can check prices of misc tools we have sold in the sales archives or past sales prices / Planes should you be looking for a value for your planes or tools prior to selling them.
The decline of wooden planes in the U.S. began in the mid-19th century during the Industrial Revolution, as new manufacturers, with their steam- and water-powered machines and assembly-line factories, started churning out metal planes. After reading this article I will be buying the book and some starter planes to see just what I can do with them. Learn to use traditional molding and joinery planes to produce beautiful traditional molding profiles.