We are pleased to add ogee planes to our offerings. An ogee is defined as a double continuous S curve shape. On our planes, the curve is composed of two arcs of equal size, each being 60 degrees of a circle. The profile starts and ends parallel to the top surface of the workpiece. We offer three sizes: The 3/8″ size cuts a profile 3/8″ wide and 1/4″ deep. The 1/2″ size will cut a profile 1/2″ wide and just under 3/8″ deep. The 3/4″ size cuts a profile 3/4″ wide and 1/2″: deep. All three cut a small fillet (step) at the top. The three profiles are proportionally equal to each other.
They are made of quarter sawn American beech with the iron bedded at 55°. They have a spring angle of 30°, meaning the plane is held at 30° from vertical while in use. Spring lines inscribed on the toe of the plane help to visually align the plane at the correct angle. There is both an integral fence and depth stop for ease of use and consistent results. The tapered O-1 tool steel irons are hardened, tempered and sharpened, with each plane having been test cut and ready to go right out of the box. Price is $275 plus shipping costs.
Will 1/2” ogee planes made in the future?
Yes, sometime in 2022. I hope to also add a 3/4″ size.
I’ve been using my new 3/8 inch ogee plane for about a week now. This was the first new molding plane I’ve ever bought; I usually buy for antique molding planes. The plane arrived sharp and ready to use right out of the box. Unlike my antique planes, the profile it leaves is very crisp and well defined. The sole, fence, and depth stop surfaces clean and straight; the plane references securely on the wood and is an absolute joy to use.
If you are new to molding planes, I highly recommend you invest in one of Dan’s planes before you try to use or rehab and antique plane. The ogee profile especially is very easy to use, and one of these new planes will allow you to have a very positive initial molding plane experience. You will pay more for a new molding plane, but you will have a tool that is a joy to use rather than an object to display on a shelf.
Thank you Woody for sharing your molding plane experience!