bought this panel plane
on the cheap at auction because it had
only a quarter of an inch of the cutter remaining and it is cast
Collectors tend to shun from this
kind of planes in favor of dovetailed infill planes.
No problem for me because I have a
stash of English irons and since it had a worn out Sorby iron in
it, I replaced it with a Sorby iron that has about three-fourths
of the laid-on steel remaining.
The bed measures 12 3/4th inches in
length. It is probably Scottish in origin and a likely date when
it was made is in the 1850's. It has some cosmetic problems and
the replacement blade needs honing. But, it has found the right
guy to give it the care it deserves.
It has a very narrow mouth and will
make a great panel plane for hardwoods. It has a wooden wedge
and the casting has thin cast walls so it is much lighter in
weight than my other panel planes.
I am rather excited about getting
it tuned properly and in use at my bench. I have found that the
early panel planes with a wooden wedge are harder to find than
the later ones with gunmetal lever caps so I am pleased too add
this one to my arsenal.
James E. Price