Classic Hand Planes

Where the precision hand plane becomes art.

The No.10 Mitre Plane.

No.10 Mitre - group
I have decided to make my last small batch of No.10 Mitre planes from components I had put by in storage. All that is now required is the heat treatment of the new blades - the only process which I outsource to a specialist.

The No.10 is one of my favourite small planes and incorporares a number of design features which I would go on to use extensivly - such as the rebate between stainless steel sole and brass sides to improve the stability of the dovetails. This was also my first plane to use stainless steel as a major component and surface grinding all round, maintaining a true precision and fine textured finish.

The blade is also precision ground on all surfaces. It is solidly bedded (as in all my planes) on a machined metal surface which is united with the plane structure in a tripod principle. You can see the brass blade bed in the photo (left) - later versions of the No.10 (as shown here) have a circular cut in the wood around the pad to improve its mounting.

No.10 Bottom Rebate. No.10 Peining No.10 End Rounding. No.10 Post Drilling.

The pictures above show some of the workshop process in making the No.10 plane and originally appeared in blog posts.

(left) As mentioned above the dovetail joints are supported by a rebate cut into the sole.
(centre left) Peining the dovetails.
(centre right) Rounding the front of the plane.
(right) Drilling for the brass post which acts as a support for the blade. I realised some time ago that no modern hand plane design should rely on the dimensional stability of wood.

The plane is 4 ¾” long with a 1 ¼” wide snecked blade and a 25 deg bed with a bevel up blade of a finished thickness of 0.175”.

The No.985 Smoother - now with a blade setting post.

No.985 with setting post.

In my No.985 smoother design I decided to omit an adjuster in order to achieve a compact footprint and a simple aesthetic. I realise that for those who are used to my adjusters, some may find setting the blade a little tricky, so I have decided to make an option and incorporate a setting post on the blade.

No.985 with setting post. No.985 with setting post.

As you can see this enables the blade to be easily tapped in any direction, it's not rocket science but I find it preferable to a standard sneck.

Although I have only a few planes left the post can be retro fitted to the blade on request - it is press fitted and riveted and so is a permanent fixture.

No.985 Smoothing Plane.

The No.985 is still available in all stainless steel and with brass sides, see the new No.985 page for more details.

Price is £5200 (+ V.A.T. if applicable + delivery).