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
We currently have several panel raising planes in stock in our store. They are listed individually to show the variations in wood grain and spalting. Also, one of these planes is designed to be used on stock that is 15/16" thick. This would be appropriate for frames that are 1" thick or more. The reveal is the same at 1", with a total profile that is 1 3/8" wide, with 3/8" being the tang that fits into the stiles and rails. Price is $595. For more information, visit the panel raiser po
The panel raising planes are in progress, with the mouths of the bodies all cut out and the wedges fitted. This is perhaps the most time consuming operations of making these planes. While there is still a lot of work to be done, these are off to a strong start. This is the beech that I traveled to Indiana for in January, and I am pleased with it. There is a fair amount of spalting present, but it is not punky or soft, and I am able to limit it to the tops of the bodies. This ensures th
After a longer delay than I liked, the panel raiser planes are getting started. It took a while to track down appropriate wood for these planes. Finding 12/4 quarter sawn American Beech is a challenge, but I now have enough to make several batches of these planes. I am also making several changes from the original design that I feel will be an improvement to their performance and comfort. The blades will be 5/32" thick, up from 1/8". The bed angle is increasing to 45 degrees, from 40 deg