Improved Panel Raising Planes

Orders are now being taken for the Panel Raising plane.  A deposit of $100, plus shipping costs, will ensure there is one available upon completion. Expected delivery in late May or June.  Balance of $650 will be invoiced upon completion.  Click here to order.

The panel raising plane has undergone some evolutionary changes to its design the last time they were made.  These will be made from time to time in small batches.  Price is $750 plus shipping.  We will offer pre-orders directly from our store once there is a delivery date determined.

The changes from previous runs include the following:

  • The iron thickness has increased at the cutting edge to 3/16″ from 5/32″, and will be professionally heat treated.
  • Redesign of the throat geometry, including an adjusted wear angle and refinements to the shape of the wedge fingers to enhance shaving ejection.
  • Cosmetic changes to the wedge and the addition of a cove along the right side of the plane.
  • Refined nicker and wedge design.
  • The profile remains unchanged.
  • Switch to European beech, which is more readily available in nice clear grain.

Below are a few photos of the prototype. (In American beech.)  Based loosely on a design by plane maker Tod Herrli, this plane will cut a 1/8″ deep fillet around the field of a panel, along with a 1 3/8″ wide bevel that slopes down to the last 3/8″, which then becomes a 1/4″ thick tang that will fit into the groove of the stiles and rails in the frame.  When inserted into a frame, the reveal will be 1″. The plane includes a depth stop along both sides of the profile for consistent results, and will stop cutting when final depth is reached.  A nicker improves cross grain cutting.  With a blade bedded at 45 deg and skewed at 30 deg, it will cut cleanly on both long and end grain. The plane is different from most panel planes in that it is only 10″ long; similar in length to molding planes.  Being shorter is an advantage when raising short or narrow panels, as it is easier to control. Because the panel would already be flat, the extra length is not needed.  The back is contoured for the user’s palm to sit comfortably when pushing. Iron is made of tapered O-1 tool steel. The wood used is quarter sawn European Beech, finished with Minwax Antique Oil Finish and paste wax.

Sample panel showing both long and cross grain cuts.

Rounded heel for user comfort.

Spring line is clearly visible as a visual aid when using.

Top view showing skewed blade.

Nicker and wedge for clean cross grain cuts.

6 Responses to Improved Panel Raising Planes

  1. Years ago, I used / owned a pair of Leon Robbins panel raisers. A right and left. Yours are different, and pairs are not needed……correct.? For grain conflict.?

    • I do not make these planes in pairs. Historically, I see little evidence of right and left hand panel raising planes. Stock selection should be done with care to avoid severe grain run out. With a sharp iron and light cut, this plane will leave a nearly tear out free surface going both ways in must woods.

  2. David says:

    Are you offering classes to build these?

  3. Douglas Emrich says:

    My first thought is how about sharpening these irons? I love the new look of the planes, and would like to purchase on e, but I would need to get my mind around sharpening the irons…Thanks, Doug

    • Essentially its like sharpening a standard iron but with two surfaces to do instead of one. Care should be exercised to ensure the iron matches the plane sole. Really not that difficult.

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