Cock Bead Plane

The cock bead plane is used to cut cock beading for drawer surrounds, either stuck onto the case sides of applied to rabbets cut into the drawer fronts. Often found on period furniture, it provides both a visual detail to the drawer as well as protection to veneered fronts, since the bead covers the edges of the drawer. The cock bead differs from a side bead in a couple of ways: There is no fence or depth stop, and the plane will also cut a fillet next to the bead, which is necessary when the beading is applied to the case itself. When beading drawer dividers, both edges would receive a bead, and the material between the beads will also be removed with this plane. On the case sides, where only the inside edges get the bead, the fillet will allow room for a conventional bench plane to be used to remove the remaining material on the outside edges. Also, the iron tends to be bedded at a higher pitch because they are used going both directions and will encounter situations of working against the grain. The plane we are producing was patterned after an original, is bedded at 60 degrees, and is only 7″ in length, making it extremely light weight and nimble to use. Quartersawn American Beech is the wood of choice. The bead is boxed using persimmon cut on a bias to match the bed angle of the iron. We offer two sizes; 1/8″ and 3/16″. Price is $250.

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