Plane No 2 – Japanese Kikai Shakuri Kanna (Machine Plow Plane)

As I stated in my previous post Plane No 1- G. Steadman and Sons Plough Plane - my intended purpose of buying previously owned tools is to use them and not just add them to a collection of tools in the shop.  So to continue that thread - the 2nd plane that I will review is a… Continue reading Plane No 2 – Japanese Kikai Shakuri Kanna (Machine Plow Plane)

Plane No 3 – a well used German Bench Plane for $9

The third plane that I took off the shelf to try out, is a continental bench plane manufactured by Ulmia shown below.  I picked it up for $9 and it's definitely usable and the iron is sharp (trust me on that one). The plane itself isn't rare as Ulmia still manufactures planes today and you… Continue reading Plane No 3 – a well used German Bench Plane for $9

New batch of Victorian Moulding Planes from England 18th Century

I just received a new batch of Victorian molding planes from the 18th century and there are 27 in total.   I've put some photos together to show the entire set and then groups of them to show the bottoms of the planes.  The description on the auction site was rather vague but the price was… Continue reading New batch of Victorian Moulding Planes from England 18th Century

Plane No 1 – G. Steadman and Sons Plough Plane

I was asking myself the other day why I collect antique or previously owned woodworking planes if you don't plan on using them?    Some folks buy them as investments and after seeing the prices for English and Scottish manufactured infill planes, who can blame them.  But I want to use mine, so I decided… Continue reading Plane No 1 – G. Steadman and Sons Plough Plane

Starting on the desktop

I started working on the first of two live edge Chinese Pistache (Pistachia Chinensis) slabs that will be the 8ft x 3ft desktop for my office.  While I like the bark on the live edge, I don't like it enough to keep it on the front edge of the desktop.  Instead of cutting it off… Continue reading Starting on the desktop

Building a Krenov Hand Plane with Gerd Fristsche

When roaming the web looking for information on James Krenov, I came across a blog with a post detailing how to create a Krenov style smoothing plane.  There are multiple blogs, magazine articles and youtube videos showing how to create a Krenov Plane; indeed Krenov himself shows you how in his own books. However, a… Continue reading Building a Krenov Hand Plane with Gerd Fristsche

Old tools in an old barn

I visited a cousin in Virginia over Thanksgiving who lives in the Virginia countryside outside of Richmond.  She lives on several acres with some seriously large trees and a small horse barn.  In the barn there were some old tools and I took the time to take some photos of them in situ, they look… Continue reading Old tools in an old barn

Making a repair on an 18th Century wooden scrub plane

A few months ago, I acquired a small batch of wooden woodworking planes from a seller in Michigan.  The price was right but when I received them 4 of them needed repair.  The seller didn't disclose that bt he did refund my money for those planes so the deal worked out.  Good to know there… Continue reading Making a repair on an 18th Century wooden scrub plane

Time to get organized

It's funny how your progress on a task is directly related to your ability to find your tools.   Working on my tool cabinet was getting harder than it already was because I couldn't find anything.  So, out of frustration, I slapped up some plywood on one of the walls in the garage and started getting… Continue reading Time to get organized

Starting the Tool Cabinet build finally…

My son wants to be an engineer, and I am always telling him to draw out what he has in his head to help clarify his idea etc.   Now I wouldn't be a good father if I didn't practice what I preach correct?    So, after ruminating about what I wanted to create in a… Continue reading Starting the Tool Cabinet build finally…

Other British Rebate plane examples

    Another interesting plane for sale listing. A relatively early dovetailed wrought iron rebate plane. This is the unusual style where the wedge is cut into one piece of infill, rather than being as wide as the infill. That must have been much harder to do, and is quite unusual. I have seen a… Continue reading Other British Rebate plane examples

Building a kerf plane

I need to rip vertically a large number of Cherry boards and don't own a bandsaw or can I afford one.  So after some research, I determined that I could make a kerf plane and a frame saw which would allow me to accomplish the task.  Of course that would mean lot's of manually sawing… Continue reading Building a kerf plane

Back to the Hammer? or 3 Hammers and a Mallet?

(UPDATE) - the new handles look great, feel great in the hand and have a more solid feel.  Third time is the charm in this case. They say things happen in three's or is that bad things happen in 3's??  Anyways, this is my 3rd attempt at handles for my Japanese hammers.  I have three… Continue reading Back to the Hammer? or 3 Hammers and a Mallet?

Beautiful short film on two wooden spoon carvers

Beautiful short film on hand spoon carving.  Not only a story about spoons but about a lifestyle, and two people who really enjoy what they do.  Inspirational even includes rapping on a ukelele.

A First pattern Mathieson panel plane – is it worth $4895?

    From an auction site comes this listing: BM150255 Mathieson, Glasgow A rare and important first pattern Mathieson panel plane. These early Mathieson infill planes are still a bit of a mystery to collectors. It is know that later Mathieson outsourced production, primarily to Norris, but little is know about these planes. Literally only a… Continue reading A First pattern Mathieson panel plane – is it worth $4895?

71s Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

The Stanley 71 Hand Router is the mostly metal version of the wooden hand routers from the 18th century and beyond.  Good usable examples go for $70 or so on the auction sites every day and there is no shortage of DIYers that make their own (or attempt to) in my case.  (see My hand Router… Continue reading 71s Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

An unknown makers side rebate plane – odd and cool simultaneously.

Rebate or Rabitt planes come in all different styles and sizes.  I created one earlier this summer based upon the traditional "side escarpment" design that allows the shavings to eject out the side of the plane body vs the top. (See below) I still have alot to learn about plane making obviousl;y, but it works… Continue reading An unknown makers side rebate plane – odd and cool simultaneously.

Melhuish Spiers made Gunmetal Shoulder Plane

Melhuish, London (Spiers) A very scarce Spiers made gunmetal shoulder plane. This is marked for the London retailer, Melhuish, but is a Spiers 1 1/2" wide gunmetal shoulder plane. Spiers gunmetal shoulder planes are very scarce by any measure. The dovetailed variety typically sell for much more, but the cast type, like this one, are… Continue reading Melhuish Spiers made Gunmetal Shoulder Plane

Fancy a pre-War Norris of London A1 Plane for $1300 give or take a bob?

The ebay listing shouts " Norris of London A1 Dovetailed Pre-War Panel Plane - 1913 Adjuster!" with the accompanying text: "A 13 1/2" NORRIS A1 DOVETAILED STEEL PANEL PLANE WITH 1913 ADJUSTER. GOOD STEEL BODY AND ROSEWOOD INFILL, NO CRACKS IN TOTE. VERY FINE MOUTH. ORIGINAL 2 1/2" NORRIS LONDON IRON (APPROX 1" REMAINS) AND NORRIS… Continue reading Fancy a pre-War Norris of London A1 Plane for $1300 give or take a bob?

Old “Mold”ers

Several months ago, I received some old moulding planes that were cheap ($8 a piece) and worth a flyer from a seller in the midwest.   There are 15 of them of them in the set and I finally got around to checking them out over the last several days.  In the post on recycling… Continue reading Old “Mold”ers