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Cox & Luckman, Birmingham - English Shooting Plane by James E. Price

This is a follow up to my recent post on shooting boards and planes.

The subject of this post is an English shooting plane that was probably commercially manufactured for use in shop classes since it is very simple, has a small thumb tote, and the blade is not skewed. This is a third article on shooting boards and plane by James E. Price.


Pull Up a Chair by Mike Dunbar

Mike Dunbar is world renown as a Windsor chairmaker, teacher, and author.

You will discover in this volume that Mike doesnít just make chairs, he thinks about them. He thinks about chairs constantly, and connects them to all sorts of subjects. Mike also records his thoughts.

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Rebuilding Gabriel Moving Fillister, part 2 by Jim Hendricks

I whittled some English boxwood down to start making the replacement depth stop but overnight I decided to use beech instead.

Chatting with Ollie Sparks and Richard Arnold about the form it should take and they suggested a few examples. One was very close and I decided to do a good prototype to see if it will work.

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English Corner or Miter Clamps, Part 2 by James E. Price

Thanks for all the interest in the Preston corner or miter clamp which was the subject of my previous article. I was inspired to show you similar English corner clamps that I have used several years. Unlike American corner clamps that have two threaded shafts that exert force at 90 degrees one to the other,...

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Rebuilding Gabriel Moving Fillister, part 1 by Jim Hendricks

At the David Stanley auction on Saturday, a friend of mine Richard Arnold and Andy Brown aka Andy "Tools 'n Tat" presented me with a rather sorry plane.

He said: "This is for you Jim, a present... firstly because it's a Gabriel and I know you love Gabriels but mostly because I know you'd love to bring it back to life!"

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Early Tenon Saw - Iron Back, 14-5/8 inch long, 13 PPI by T. Waldis

This is an iron back tenon saw by Beardshaw and Son which shows signs of having been shortened from the toe.
The blade is 14 and 5/8 inches long with a depth at the toe of 3 and 1/4 inches and at the heel of 3 and 3/8 inches. The average thickness of the blade is 0.030 inch. The teeth are 10 PPI crosscut profile with a rake of about 15 degrees and fleam of 15 degrees.

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English Corner or Miter Clamps by James E. Price

For those of you who are not familiar with what English corner or miter clamps look like, this post is for you.

We are all familiar with the ubiquitous Craftsmen corner clamps that can be found in yard sales here in the U.S. They are not the greatest quality and are often found broken or with the slide bars bent.

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Building a Complex Moulding Plane, part 1 by Amy H. McAuley

When I first started building planes I really had no idea what I was doing. In my mind the most logical place to start with it was to look at the types of planes I needed to build for my work.

The planes that I use most often are sprung sash planes. These are side escapement types that run at an angle instead of vertically.

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J. Taylor & Son - Patented Combination Saw, 24 inch.

In early 1870s Taylor Brothers announced several new features for various types of saws, including "long" crosscut saws, circular saws and hand saws. One of these designs was a Patented Combination Saw. The idea of a Combination Saw was not new. It was originally designed and patented...

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Design of an Early 18th Century Jack Plane by Richard Arnold

For a number of years now I have been playing around with the design of an early 18th century jack plane.

I have drawn inspiration from the planes illustrated on the John Jennion trade card as these are the only clue as to what form they may have taken. This is because as yet no one has managed to find an original example.

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Taylor Brothers - Tenon Saw, 16 inch with Unique Handle

Years ago I noticed this saw on auction website.

It was unusual and a departure from traditional shape of saw handles made in England.

For a long time I thought that this handle is unique to Taylor Brothers. This assumption was reinforced with a few posts on www.backsaw.net showing handle just like the one shown above.

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My Various Shoot Boards by James E. Price

I wanted to show you some other shoot boards I use in my work.

I have used shooting boards since the mid-1970's, particularly in making small boxes.

I have one long shooting board for full-sized miter planes and two smaller scale ones. The big one is 36 inches in length and made of willow oak.

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New Bench for Saw Sharpening and more, part 2 by Mike Hagemyer

Here are the vise components all cleaned up and painted. I have also got the bench top nearly done. The vise housing is pocketed into the top and fastened.

In order to not compromise the main purpose for this bench, I decided to stick with my original thinking and put the vise in the middle.

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John Green - Panel Raising Plane by Jim Hendricks

My sanity is just about intact... The wedge fits perfectly now and I can sleep at night.

This is a nice Panel Fielding Plane, made by John Green, (1768 - 1808). This plane is in pristine condition and is of an early date. Evidence to support this comes from the mark and chamfers of similar examples found in David Russell's Antique Woodworking Tools...

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Tooling Up for Next Project by Amy Harrington McAuley

One of my big yearlong projects this year is the restoration of North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco WA.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1897. Carl Leick was the architect of this lighthouse along with 24 other structures in the Northwest. As the mouth of the Columbia River is treacherous...

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Recreating a Robert Wooding's Panel Raiser by Richard Arnold

Collecting old tools is something Iím sure we all enjoy, but for myself, Iím always fascinated by how they may have been used, and also how well they performed. Many old tools can be restored and be used, but sometimes they are ether to badly damaged, or of such historical importance that it would be inappropriate to use them.

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Latest Updates and Additions

New Bench for Saw Sharpening and more, part 1 by Mike Hagemyer

Dovetail Fail and Lessons Learned by Jason Stamper

Make Your Own Planes by James E. Price

Some Tools Feel "Just Right" by Richard Arnold

Henry Slater: London, 1868 - 1909 by Jim Hendricks

Christopher Gabriel: Sash Saw - Brass Back, 13.75 inch long by Rob Brophy

The First Iron Casting in America by Albert Spies, Cassier's Magazine, 1894

Tools for Cutting Chamfers by James E. Price

Henry Brown, 1797-1831 - Birmingham, GB: Reeding Plane by Jim Hendricks

Spear & Jacksonís Improved Pattern Silver Steel Handsaw - Work magazine, 1889

Restoring Spear & Jackson Saw by D. de Assis

Tool Blocks for Storage by James E. Price

1889 - The Skill in Saw-Making - Indianapolis Journal, 17 February 1889

1873 - British Display at the Vienna Exhibition - The Engineer, Vol.35

1852 - Sykon's Convertible Plane - The Artisan, Vol. 10, January 1, 1852

Very Early Moulding Plane by Richard Arnold

The Largest Circular Saws in the World - Capital and Labour, Vol.6, June 18, 1879

1866 - Concerning American Steel - Scientific American, Vol.15

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