I like Norris planes and have several of them.
Post-war A5s have features that distinguish them from pre-war A5s. Some of
features are cosmetic, and some are fundamental changes in construction.
In pre-war models, the sides of the body were dovetailed together using steel
plates. In contrast, the sides of the post-war models are welded to the bottom.
Welding is a major change in construction.
Cosmetic changes are also significant. In the pre-war planes, the infill was
made in rosewood. The post-war planes have ebonized beech wood.
Example of pre-war Norris A5.
Example of the post-war Norris A5.
The plane I purchased was in poor condition. Rust pitting covered the entire
body. A previous owner rebuilt the iron by cutting the blade end off and welding
on new tool steel. Water damage had ruined the wood finish. It was certainly a
candidate for restoration.
I fixed the iron and filed off the worst of the rust and corrosion. The adjuster
works very well and is still a high-quality piece. The results were OK, but not
very satisfactory to me and I decided to replace the infill with Boxwood.
The goal is to take a plane turn it into a tool I wanted to reach for every
The plane disassembled and the new parts selected.