Category Archives: Tools

Sector

We have now added the Acer-Ferrous Toolworks Sector to our product line.  This tool was a collaboration between Acer-Ferrous Toolworks and Red Rose Reproductions and has been under development for many months.  Read on to learn how this ancient tool design can be an asset in your shop.

The sector is a proportioning tool that, in conjunction with a pair of dividers, can be used to figure various mathematical calculations. It was in use dating from the 16th century into the 19th century when it was largely replaced by the slide rule. This modern rendition is meant for the woodworker looking to simplify many mathematical problems. It consists of two rulers joined by a hinge.   The rulers have scales engraved on them along with small holes at each numerical point to capture the tips of the dividers. Here is a brief description of each scale and its uses.

  • “L” scale, line of lines.  This scale is used to divide a specific length into equal divisions and to scale up or down proportions. It also has the golden ratio proportion and can be used to figure the radius, diameter, or circumference of a circle given any one.
  • “P” scale, Line of Polygons.  Any polygon from 4 to 12 sides can quickly be created from the known radius of the circle.
  • “C” scale, Line of Chords. Used to set the sector precisely to any angle from 6 degrees to 90 degrees.
  • “T” scale, Line of Tangents.  used to determine the sight line and resultant angles of compound angles.  This is useful in chair construction where the legs have rake and splay. 

These sectors are made of black anodized aluminum scales with brass hinges.  The markings are laser engraved on and are bright and easy to read.  Overall length is about 13 inches.  Each comes with a spanner wrench to adjust the hinge stiffness as needed.  There is a 26 page instruction booklet included with each sector. 

Price is $195 plus shipping.  They can be purchased here.

In the future, we hope to add some video media here to show these tools in use.  They are really quite easy and intuitive to learn to use, and eliminate many chances for error since no calculations need to be done longhand.

Sector in use with a pair of dividers. (Dividers not included.)
Each sector is boxed and includes a spanner wrench for hinge adjusting.
Instruction booklet.

Cooper Plane

The cooper plane is a small hand plane meant to work concave surfaces, such as the inside of coopered vessels. This plane was designed with input from a cooper who wanted a plane to work the inside surfaces of wooden buckets, but will find applications in other areas also.  With a 3″ convex sole, it will smooth and contour curves down to 6″ in diameter.  At just 6 1/2″ in length and with its low profile design, it fits comfortably in one hand, and can work inside round vessels with ease.  The 3/16″ thick O-1 tool steel iron is held in place with a brass cap iron and screw, making for fast, easy blade adjustments.  Iron width is 1 3/8″.  The one piece body is made of quarter sawn European beech. The heel is contoured for user comfort.  It is sharp and ready to go out of the box.  Price is $195 plus shipping, and may be ordered here.

Rounded heel for user comfort
Sample of concave work piece

Brass lever cap
Concave sole
Compact size

The Drawer Bottom Plane

A common method of drawer construction is to plow grooves into the drawer sides and front to capture the drawer bottom, which is then slid in from the back. The drawer bottom plane is a dedicated fixed plow plane to do cut these grooves quickly and easily with minimal set up. It cuts a groove 1/4″ wide and 1/4″ deep, inset from the edge 1/4″. The fence and depth stop are fixed so cuts are consistent and repeatable. This plane employs a steel skate for long life, and this skate engages into a groove in the back of the iron to ensure it locates to the same setting when the iron is removed from the plane. It is adjusted the same as any other side escapement plane except for the fact the iron locates on the skate rather than the blind side of the mortise. The iron is O-1 tool steel and is bedded at 50 degrees, enabling heavy cuts to be taken if desired. Made of quarter sawn beech. Price is $295, and may be purchased here. Like all of our planes, it is sharp and ready to use right out of the box.

Drawer bottom plane with sample cut
Detail of steel skate and iron
Heel stamping
Sample groove

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.

Winding Sticks; Now in two sizes.

Winding sticks, 14″ in front, 22″ in rear

Winding sticks are again back in stock.  The standard 14″ size is still available, along with a longer 22″ version.  The added length can be beneficial with use on wide boards, or tasks such as flattening a bench top. The 22″ length means they will fit inside any tool chest sized for a #7 jointer plane, which are also 22″ in length, The 14″ sticks are more compact, and work best on narrower stock as they are easier to manipulate and are more stable when balancing on narrow boards. Both work the same way, and more information about these winding sticks can be found here.  They may be purchased from the store here.

Other changes we have made is to increase the thickness from 1/2″ at the base to 9/16″  This was accomplished by switching to 5/4 stock to start with, and offers more stability, especially on the longer sizes.  Finish has changed to Minwax Antique Oil, which offers a higher degree of protection than linseed oil.

We also would like to mention the presence of pin knots.  Pin knots are common in plain sawn walnut, and appear as small closed knots in the face of a board, usually near the center.  These are not considered a defect because of their small size.  When using quarter sawn stock, these knots show up running across the face of the board. Many of these winding sticks have them, as shown in the picture below.  None are open knots and they will not affect the performance of the tool.

Please note:  Because of the increase in cost of quarter sawn walnut, in part due to the thousand cankers disease, and the fact we are now using 5/4 stock, there will be a price increase from $50 to $55 in mid September.  We wanted to offer these initially at the same $50 price since so many are waiting for them.  The 22″ version will not change.  Thank you for your understanding .

Pin knot visible in the side of this winding stick.

Winding Sticks out of stock

Due to the recent blog post by Chris Schwarz on the Poplar Woodworking web site, there has been a surge in sales of winding sticks and current stock is depleted.  We will be making more, but it could be a couple of months before completion.  Signing up for our newsletter will allow anyone interested to know when they are again in stock as soon as it happens.  Thank you all for your support and patience.

 

New Spill Planes

A new batch of spill planes is has been completed, and there are several in the store. This run has, in addition to the spalted maple and black cherry, includes several in European Beech.  Each plane has been sharpened and test cut, and is ready to use right out of the box.  Most of these will be going to Handworks next week and will be offered for sale.  I do not have a stand there, but will have them at Sterling Tool Works booth.  I hope to be there myself on Friday, so please stop by to say hi.

Spill planes with test cut spills

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200

 

 

 

Side Bead Planes

We currently have a restock of improved side bead planes in the store.  These are available in bead sizes of 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″ and 3/8″.  It should be mentioned that our sizing is a measurement of the bead itself, and that the actual profile, including the quirk, is about 1/32″ wider than the bead size.  Thus the 1/8 is 5/32″ wide, the 3/16 is 7/32″, the 1/4 is 9/32″ and the 3/8″ is 13/32″.  More information about the side beads can be found here.

From left 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″

Taking Orders for Side Beads

We are currently taking orders for side bead planes, the construction of which are now under way.  These will be offered in three sizes:  1/8″, 3/16″. and 1/4″.  Constructed of quarter sawn American Beech, with tapered O-1 tool steel irons, each plane is sharpened and test cut, and is ready to go right out of the box.  Expected delivery will be approximately the end of April.  Price is $275 each, plus shipping.  If interested, contact us and we will reserve any sizes you wish.  Payment will be due upon completion.  Quantities are limited to 8 planes in each size.

For more information about our side beads, click here.

Heels are stamped with sizes