Hand planes

Part 1: A plane I've been looking for for a long time.

In these blogs I’m going to share with you guys my favourite planes some are every day work horses, some are wrecks that need restoring and a few are new or in immaculate condition. This instalment is a plane I’ve been trying to find since I...

Part 2: The plane that started it all.

Hi guys hope your all enjoying your Sunday? I’ve spent the day organising electric fences for ponies, baby sitting dogs and a few hours repurposing an old wardrobe into a me plane storage cupboard. Well it’s not big enough to house the collection...

Part 3: Not quite what I was expecting.

Take alook at the plane in the photos guys. It’s a 5-1/2 and I brought it as it was supposed to have been a record when it was sold on eBay. Being a collector and user of all things bench plane I brought it. Not for any other reason than I use...

Part 4: A little slice of timber.

I have always been a fan of the wooden plane since my teens when I picked up an old coffin shaped smoother off the shelf in my farthers workshop. After a rough sharpen by my current standard I chucked it back together and put it on a board. Just...

Part 5: A little bit of rabbet.

I am currently making some oak door linings and doors for a barn conversion. Having edge jointed the boards and glued them up several weeks ago I need to get the project finished so I have today run the door rebates on my spindle moulder. The two...

Part 6: School boy error.

Our whippet fractured her leg yesterday and in all the rushing about to get her to the vets and then make her a stand for her food bowl I did not sweep up and put my tools away last night. (It was 8pm when I eventually finished). ...

Part 7: A shoulder day.

Yet more rebate adjustment today cross grain this time though lead me to crack out my record shoulder planes. I have two old school record shoulder planes an 044 and a big 073 both are copies of older Preston patterns that were produced in...

Part 8: A bit of compass work

So guys today I decided to go down the hand tool route fairing the curved top rails on my most recent commission. The work it’s self will be detailed in my project builds blog I just wanted to take the time to share with you one of the oldest...

Part 9: Fetch the router

As regular readers will know I run a Hybrid wood working system where hand tools, power tools and machines all run together in the same camp. As part of my training (by my Farther) I was only allowed to do machine jobs once I had mastered the...

Part 10: Reconditioning an old favourite.

This old plane was one of three maybe four planes that I learnt my craft with and have thoroughly enjoyed using over the years. It was made by Atkin of Birmingham here in England some 15miles from my home. It is also stamped Birmingham...