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Plane of the Week with Ryan Sparreboom

  Scottish Chariot Plane by Ryan Sparreboom 1 of 2  

For this weeks plane, I went from the massive plane shown last week to the minuscule.

It is one of the smallest (but not The smallest...) infill planes in my collection.

This is a Scottish-made chariot plane. Chariot planes are essentially low angle, infill block planes. This particular one is made of gunmetal, with an ebony wedge and infill. It has seen use, has wear and tear, and I’m sure would have many stories to share if it could.

Chariot planes in the Scottish style are much less common than the typical English planes. The “stepped” toe and Cupid’s bow design to the bridge and wedge are clues to its origin.

Size compared to last week's plane.

This plane is 3 1/2” long and 1 3/8” wide. It has a nicely tapered and good quality laminated 1 1/8” wide blade that is unmarked. The plane also has a brass insert at the front of the mouth, although the mouth is still not as tight as I would like it.

I love this design!

Just 3 1/2” long.

I love the stepped toe and Cupid’s bow bridge!


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