Acer-Ferrous Toolworks was started by a young man, Paul Peters, whom I have been mentoring in woodworking since he was a boy. Paul recently graduated from a trade school as a machinist, and decided to combine his two interests, woodworking and metalworking, into a business venture. He purchased a 1910 Monarch lathe, and made his own tooling to produce wood vice screws. His first product, a leg vice screw and nut, is shown below.
The 2 1/2" diameter, 2 threads per inch screw is made of h
We thought it would be helpful to detail a bit the process for making a spill plane here for those who may have purchased the Plan Kit and would like to learn more about the process. Begin with a billet of a hard, quarter sawn, close grained wood. Beech, Cherry, Birch, and Maple are all good choices. Avoid soft woods, as they will not hold up well to wear. Also, open grained woods should be avoided because they are not a uniform hardness throughout. The billet should squared up and s
The primary emphasis of Red Rose Reproductions is the production of side escapement molding planes. We now have a steady supply of American Beech, and the techniques for producing planes is becoming more streamlined and the designs more refined. Hollow and rounds, side beads, and other custom planes, along with numerous planes planned for the future make it very difficult, if not impossible to keep all these planes in stock. Therefore, we encourage customers with a need for specific planes
The initial run of side bead moulding planes has been completed and are now available for purchase here. Side beads, or beading planes, are used to put a bead along the edge of a board, and can be used in many situations, such as back boards, the bottom of table aprons, or along shelf fronts. These are perhaps the easiest moulding planes to use, with an integral fence and depth stop, and no spring. (The plane is held vertically.) Made of quarter sawn American Beech, with a tapered O-1
Current billet stock is becoming depleted, but we hope to have more stock available in the future, as our sawyer locates suitable logs to cut and dry. Our intention is to have a fairly regular supply on hand. If you are looking for something specific, please let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate your request.
In the past, the preferred wood for making wood bodied planes has been American Beech. (Fagus grandifolia) Beech has the qualities sought after for plane making, w