Side Bead Planes

Side beads, or beading planes, are used to put a bead along the edge of a board, and can be used in many situations, such as back boards, the bottom of table aprons, or along shelf fronts. A very versatile plane, these were, along with hollow and rounds, perhaps the most common molding plane produced.  These are one of the easiest molding planes to use, with an integral fence and depth stop, and no spring.  (The plane is held vertically.)   Simply hold the plane against the edge of the stock being profiled, and make passes until the depth stop prevents any further cutting.  For a different treatment, running the plane along two sides of a corner will produce a 3/4 bead on that corner.

Our planes are made of  quarter sawn American Beech.  The tapered O-1 tool steel iron is bedded at 55 Degrees for use in hardwoods, and is sharp and ready to use.  The bead is boxed with persimmon, which is cut with the grain on a bias to match the bed, to ensure a long tool life.  We produce these planes in 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, and a new size of 3/8″ beads, the most common and useful for furniture use.   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″ wide,the 1/4 is 9/32″wide, and the 3/8″ is 13/32″ wide.

Finish is Minwax Antique Oil Varnish, with a coat of paste wax added for a smooth even sheen and inviting feel.

sizes from left 3/8″, 1/4″, 3/16″, and 1/8″

Side bead planes in, from left, 1/8′,   3/16″ and   1/4″ sizes.

After the initial run of these planes, some refinements were made.  The wedges now graduate in size from 5/32″ to 9/32″.  This makes the planes have a more uniform appearance, but more importantly, they are narrower in width in the grip, which makes them lighter and lowers the center of gravity.  Easier to use with better feel and less fatigue  are the end result.

Price is $275 per plane.  Each is sharpened and test cut before shipping, making them ready to go right out of the box.  Currently, all sizes are available here.


Graduated wedge sizes are apparent in this view.


Heels are stamped with sizes.


Planes are 10″ long with a 55 degree bed angle.  Note the chamfer at the escapement, which makes it easier to locate the iron against the blind side when setting up.


Beads cut with all three sizes of beading planes.


12 Responses to Side Bead Planes

  1. Kevin Adams says:

    Hi Dan, just wanted you to know that I did receive your plane and wow, it exceeds my expectations! Really great work, thanks so much for your craftsmanship. I’ll get good use out of it.


  2. Horace Gordon says:

    Beautiful plane, Dan. And it cuts superbly. Thank you!

  3. Craig Hughel says:

    Hello Dan,
    I received my 1/4″ side beading plane today. It is beautiful and I’m looking forward to many years of use. I appreciate what you do and wish you and Red Rose nothing but success. I will definitely visit Red Rose for my future needs.

  4. Paul Bayliss says:

    Hi Dan,

    Just to let you know the 2 side bead planes arrived today. I took them down to the basement and gave them a test drive on the first piece of scrap that I could find. All I can say is wow! They work fantastically and they are so wonderfully made. They are absolutely beautiful tools. You’ve actually exceeded my expectations.

    And… finally I have a couple of molding planes that haven’t taken hours and hours to make them work 🙂

    Thank you so much.

    Kind regards,

    • Hello Paul,

      Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it. Pleased customers is my biggest goal, and I want my tools to work right out of the box. Enjoy your planes!

  5. Joe Williams says:

    Purchased and received my 3/16 side bead while attending a class. Just a fantastic example of expert craftsmanship. You won’t find a better example of this plane anywhere. Plan on making a ton of bead board detail with it thanks!

  6. Frank Duff says:

    Good evening Dan,

    The 3/8 – inch beading plane arrived today and I could not resist the urge to give it a test drive on a piece of walnut that I had in the shop. I trued up the surfaces of the walnut and cut the bead. Your tool was sharp and did a fine job even though the walnut was not particularly straight grained. Needless to say, I am quite satisfied with the tool and I would recommend it to other SAPFM craftsman.

    Good Job!

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