This one is for a never-used Alex
Mathieson shoulder plane. I had refrained from casing it until
the time was right and two rainy days gave me time to compose my
thoughts and materials to make a case worthy of such a plane.
Besides, the town is an island and
all roads out are closed due to flooding. It was a pleasure
working at my bench with the shop doors open so I could hear and
see the rain fall. There is a caption with each photo.
This case has a sliding lid. The
body is local walnut, the lid looks like some kind of mahogany,
and the captured bottom panel is ash. The lid has a recess in it
containing an old English horse brass depicting a woman at her
The bottom of the recess is
ebonized for to provide background for the horse brass. The
thumb hold on the lid is a circular brass ring I retrieved from
my brass stash. Decorative banding is inlaid on the rim of the
This photo shows the Alex Mathieson shoulder plane in its case.
The plane has never been used. It has a full blade with its
original factory grind on the bevel.
I put a brass plate on the end and
engraved it with an "M" which references the Mathieson plane