Limited Run Leg Vice Screws

We currently have a limited number of Acer-Ferrous leg vice screws with black cherry and mahogany hubs.  Also, the tiger maple hub screws have been restocked.  All hubs are made from a single piece of wood and feature the same maple screw and nut as all other Acer-Ferrous screws.  It is doubtful there will be a repeat with the mahogany hubs, as these are genuine mahogany and this stock is not readily available in this thickness.  More information about the leg vice screws can be found here.   See them in our store here.

From left: Black cherry, Mahogany, Tiger maple

Black cherry hub

Mahogany hub

Tiger maple hub.

Gift Certificates now Available!

We are pleased to now offer gift certificates for any of the products in our store!  These digital gift certificates are purchased directly from our home page, or below in this post, and can be made out for any amount of $25 or greater.  Customers are able to email the gifted certificate directly to the recipient or to themselves, and can select a specific date/time for delivery, such as a birthday or holiday.  It can also be printed if so desired, and given in a traditional way.  Redeeming the cards is a simple matter of entering the code into the coupon code box when viewing the shopping bag.  It’s a great way to send or receive a gift from Red Rose Reproductions, and gives the recipient the choice of tools to purchase.  The gift certificates are redeemable on all products we carry, including the Acer-Ferrous line of wooden screws.

 

 

 

Spill Planes again in stock

We have completed another run of spill planes and they are again available in our store.  This batch has several wood species including tiger maple, strongly spalted maple, light spalted maple, European beech, and black cherry.  All planes are sharp and ready to use right out of the box, and have been test cut with the spills included.  These are priced at $135 for the beech, cherry, and maple, and $145 for the figured and strongly spalted maple planes.   To learn more about the spill plane, and what it was used for, see this post.

We also sell a plan kit for those wanting to make their own plane.  Everything is included except the wood billet.  Check it out here.

Spill planes, from left: Tiger maple, maple, spalted maple, European beech, and black cherry.

One pair of 3/8″ match planes available

We currently have one pair of 3/8″ match planes back in stock, along with several of the 1/2″ size.  These planes are used in pairs to create the tongue and groove joint, and the small sizes are well suited to furniture elements.  One plane cuts the tongue, and the other the groove.  More information can be found here.

Side bead planes back in stock

Another batch of side bead planes is now available in the store for immediate delivery.  Sizes include 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, and 3/8″.  These planes came from several boards of exceptional quality beech, all dead quarter sawn and displaying prominent medullary rays. The tree was a large diameter making the grain quite straight, and in most planes, showing the quartered grain on both sides.  Planes are bedded at 55 degrees and are boxed with persimmon.  More information about side beads can be found here.

From left: 3/8″, 1/4″ 3/16″. 

3/8″ bead plane with sample cut.

 

Hollow and Rounds in stock

Currently we have several pairs of hollow and rounds in our store.  These are tuned and ready to go out of the box.  All are beech and bedded at 55 degrees.  Sizes available as of this post are #4 and #8.  This corresponds to radius sizes of 1/4″ and 1/2″. (The number of the plane is its radius in sixteenths of an inch.)  More information about our hollow and rounds can be found here.   Planes available for immediate purchase can be found in our store.

Of course, we can make any size for order too, in left or right hand, and bedded at 55 or 50 degrees..  Please contact us if interested.  Lead time is typically several months.

#8 hollow and round

#4 hollow and round

 

Match Planes (tongue and groove)

Match planes, or tongue and groove planes, are made in pairs with one plane cutting the groove and the other the tongue for making the tongue and groove joint.  Both planes are fenced and the work pieces, when referenced from the same stock face, will line up flush when when put together.  The tongue plane is a standard side escapement plane and employs an iron with a slot in it the width of the finished tongue. The groove plane however is actually a type of fixed plow plane with a metal keel.  Because of the narrow profile this is necessary for strength, as wood simply would not have enough strength or ability to hold up under normal use.  The iron is located on the leading edge of the rear skate by means of a V groove cut into the back of the iron, and fits into the corresponding inverted V on the skate.  It is adjusted the same as any side escapement plane except for the fact the iron is not pressed against the blind side of the mortise, but rather located by the groove.

The match planes shown here are designed to cut the joint in the center of stock that is sized for the plane.    Both sizes of planes have the ability to be used on stock up to 1/8″ thicker than advertised size, but of course the tongue will then be offset, which generally is not an issue as long as care is taken to reference off the same face of each work piece.The groove is about .005″ wider than the tongue, allowing the boards to go together easily but without slop.  An offset tongue is actually beneficial if profiling the front faces of the boards with a bead or chamfer, as there is more stock between the face and the groove.  We are offering both 3/8″ and 1/2″ sizes to begin with. The 3/8″ size will work on stock up to 1/2″ thick, and has a groove width of 1/8″ thick.  1/2″ size will work on stock up to 5/8″ thick, and will have a groove width of 5/32″.

The planes will cut a groove 3/8″ deep and a tongue that is 1/4″ tall.  This ensures stock will butt together on the show faces, and also gives room for glue squeeze out when gluing boards together.  These small sizes are ideal for case backs when expansion needs to be accommodated. Simply nail in place and the tongue and groove joints allow for expansion and contraction while holding the boards in alignment.

Both planes are quarter sawn beech with tapered O-1 tool steel blades bedded at 50 degrees for heavier cutting.  Price for the pair is $495. They can be found in the store here.

Match planes

Planes with sample

1/2″ and 3/8″ sizes available.

 

Groove plane.  (small block is to hold the plane upright.)

Groove plane.

Groove plane.

Tongue plane.

Sample joint using 3/8″ stock.

Rabbet Plane

Currently out of stock.  More expected late 2018. We are taking orders now.

Rabbet, or rebate planes, are used to cut rabbets along the edge or a board, often as a precursor to using hollow and rounds. While still considered a side escapement plane, they do differ from most other molding planes with the design of the escapement.  Because the iron extents across the entire sole of the plane, the escapement is conical and also through the entire plane, and will help direct the shavings out the side.  Ours are “off the bench” in design, meaning that the shavings will eject out the left side of the plane (On a right handed version.) and onto the floor rather than the bench top.  We typically bed the iron at 50 degrees since these planes are meant more for heavy stock removal and can be set quite aggressive.  When making moldings, 80% or more of the material may be removed with this plane before switching to hollow and rounds or other shaped profiles.  Rabbet planes are easy to sharpen and it makes sense to use it for the bulk of the stock removal.

With no fence or depth stock, they are very simple and nimble planes to use.  The users fingers can extend below the sole and act as a fence.  The plane can also be tilted to allow the corner to ride in a marking gauge line to start a cut for the first couple of passes, which establishes a fillet to continue to guide the plane.  As an option, we make these planes with a boxed corner along the right side which will extend the life of the sharp corner for engaging the marking gauge lines.  The boxing is persimmon, and is cut on a bias so the grain is running at the same angle as the bed of the plane, meaning that the grain along the edge is mostly end grain.

The irons are tapered O-1 tool steel, hardened to Rc 60-62, the same as our other planes. They are thicker than the usual 1/8″ by about 1/32″ to give more rigidity in heavy cuts.

We offer widths of 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, and 1″.  All can be made with or without boxing.  Price for an unboxed rabbet plane is $220, with boxed planes being $250.

5/8″ and 7/8″, both boxed and unboxed

5/8″, 7/8″, and 1″

Both boxed and unboxed corners available.

Conical escapement.

Fall Class Schedule

We have two dates set for our fall hollow and round plane making classes.  These are three day classes and will introduce the students to the art of making side escapement planes. Topics covered include cutting the mouth, excavating the mortise and fitting the wedge, and bedding the iron.  The sole is profiled and the iron ground to match.  Heat treating will be done also, along with sharpening and tuning the plane. Dates are as follows:

  • September 6-8. 2018
  • November 1-3, 2018

More information can be found here.

The “Milkman’s” Workbench

Out of stock.  Another batch is planned this fall.  If interested contact us to reserve a copy. 

After making several portable workbenches for our plane making classes for use by students, we have received numerous requests for the complete bench by customers. In response to these requests, we have added them to our product line.  Dubbed the “milkman’s workbench” by Chris Schwarz in his Popular Woodworking article in June 2013, this tabletop bench is designed to clamp to any solid surface and is equipped with a full range of clamping options in a compact footprint. Here are the details:

  • Overall dimensions of the bench less the screws are 30″ long, 7 3/8″ wide, and 1 5/8″ thick.
  • The bench is built of European beech, including the screws.
  • Clamping capacity:  Wagon vice between dogs is 23 1/2″, Moxon style front vice 19 1/2″ wide x 1 7/8″ deep.
  • Jaw liner applied to wagon vice jaws and back of Moxon vice.
  • Screws are 1 1/2″ octagonal grips and are threaded at 1 1/4″ diameter with 5 threads per inch.  The wagon vice has a wood garter underneath so the vice jaw travels with the screw.
  • Two front screws can be positioned in any of the four tapped holes in the front apron.
  • Steel angle iron brackets are mounted to the end and back for mounting to the work surface with “F” style clamps.
  • Bench dogs are 3/4″ diameter and made of ash.  They have ball detents to secure them in the holes.Two will be included.  More details below.
  • The front corners are pegged bridle joints, and there is a lag screw through the front rail into the bench for strength to resist clamping forces of the front vice.
  • Two coats of oil-varnish finish will be applied.  Screws will be waxed.
  • An extra piece of jaw liner is provided for those who wish to add it to the dog and Moxon screw faces.

One change we made was to replace the square dogs with 3/4″ round dogs from Time Warp Tools. The square dogs are somewhat delicate and subject to compression failure on the front faces.  The larger dogs will be more robust and the round holes will add the versatility of various woodworking accessories in the market.  These dogs are made of ash, and have flat clamping faces that are slightly angled to give good grip at the top.  They feature a ball detent to hold them in place at any setting desired.

Price for the complete bench is $495, plus shipping costs. Now available in our store.

We also offer the screws, made by Acer-Ferrous Toolworks, for those who wish to build their own bench.  They are available here.

“Milkman’s” Workbench

 

Wagon Vice.  Note pegged corner joint and jaw liner.

 

Angle iron bracket for mounting bench.

 

Moxon vice

 

 

Jaw liner for better grip.

 

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Round dog holes