Dovetailed infill planes in the style of Norris, Mathieson and Spiers.
Contemporary design combining precision engineering with traditional hand craft.

Precision Infill planes taken to a new level.

  • A31 Infill Thumb Plane - Link to Gallery page.
  • Maker of traditional dovetailed infill
    hand planes since 1988.
Although now championing my new 98 series precision hand planes, I continue to make infill planes based on the Norris, Mathieson and Spiers patterns. Please take some time to visit my Gallery or Planes pages to see examples of my work.
I must emphasize that I do not make 'reproduction antiques' – my designs, although firmly based on traditional infill patterns, incorporate subtle modifications to achieve the standards of design and finish for which I have become known. My aim is simply to make the finest hand planes money can buy.

One very unique A28 Chariot Plane

A28 Chariot Plane.

No. 11-S Smoother Modified

No. 11-s Modified.
Back in 2004 I set about making a small simple smoothing plane in a traditional style, but in a bevel down format (I don’t think the wood could tell the difference, as long as the common angle is the same). This had the advantage of having extra hand room to hold the plane. This body style is reminiscent of the Norris mitre plane which, however was bevel up and difficult to use as a smoothing plane due to the lack of access at the rear of the plane.

The plane worked very nicely and was well received (in fact even copied). On request I made an adjustable version but then I was criticised for gilding the lily.

I recently discovered some unused components from this 11-s and I had wanted to remake this plane as a non-adjuster for some time. I wanted to have a snecked iron so that it would make the adjusting much easier – I am constantly amazed that other non-adjuster planes do not have any snecking. The system I have chosen is similar to the one Norris used on their shoulder planes. After one or two sketches I decided that this side snecking is the way forward. Top snecking has less access because of the lever cap.

No. 11-s Modified - Blade Manufacture. No. 11-s Modified - Blade Manufacture.

I had a small criticism from a customer of the 11-s about the sharpness of the blade edges as a user’s hand will often press against the blade in use. I felt that some rounding above the ‘water line’ eliminated any discomfort. This has required some hand polishing and is now really very much nicer to the touch and pleasant to handle.

No. 11-s Modified - Dovetailing, work in progress. No. 11-s Modified - Infill detail.

Picture (above left) shows traditional dovetailing with precision, I could say a lot more here but the picture does the job. Picture (above right) shows the detail and work that goes on between the plane sides. Wood and metal alike are made to precision. Note the rivets and brass sleeves which show up in the following sectional drawing.

No. 11-s Modified- Sectional drawing.

Sectional drawing (above) shows the lever cap, sole, frog, infill, rivets, brass spacers and the brass bar (illustrated by double hatching) acting as blade bed combined with the frog. Note that this bar is snugly bedded into the infill and bored to take the rivet and spacer which then unites the whole assembly with sound stability. I have never put much store in wooden beds.

No. 11-s Modified - Infills, showing blade bed. No. 11-s Modified - Shaping the ends. No. 11-s Modified.
Blade beds fitted and partly trimmed, leaving a small amount for blade levelling after assembly, which is a very precise procedure. With much of this work down the ends can be shaped and polished, along with all the other finishing procedures. Like swallows lined up on the telephone wires waiting migration.

No. 11-s Modified.

The 11s - modified has a 1½” wide blade with 2¾” of blade life. The plane is 6 ½” long and available in Rosewood, Ebony and Boxwood. The blade was a lot of work but as I have been able to use some stock items elsewhere I am happy to offer this plane at £2065 + vat if applicable.