Image Gallery #5

Mostly in exotic woods this is a set of match planes and molding planes as well as a unique plow plane of high quality. These tools were probably made by an artisan working in a plane factory. As the signature is omitted, it is correct to think that this employee made them for himself.

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 At the center of this display of wooden planes there is a magnificent plow plane (no. 1). It is made of rose wood, ebony, steel and brass. There are delicate brass ornamentations. Around the plow plane is a set of side beads. They are numbered 2, 3. 4, 9, 10, 11, 12. Number 5 is a small round, 6 is a filletster and 7 and 8 are twin match planes. (Please see larger version of picture). All, (excepted 2 and 3) are made of exotic wood.

 

 This superb rosewood plow plane is shown here with all its attributes. Both screw arms controlling the longitudinal guide are steel (probably chrome plated). As the handle is quite small and by comparison to younger ones we may assume that its fabrication date could be between 1840 and 1860.

 

We can see here the delicate incrusted brass pieces into the rosewood and the ebony woods. These screws are capped at both ends by a very nice turned ebony cap.

 

The two big nuts holding down the longitudinal guide are turned from pieces of ebony and rosewood placed alternately and glued together. The wooden lock-nuts (washers) are in rose wood. The window opening permitting the passage of the brass nut locking the depth gage is ornate by a pretty brass surrounding. It may be a "cathedral" window.

 

 Two beautiful match planes sit among these nice planes. Both are in exotic wood. Number 7 has two steel guides while number 8 possesses a steel guide on one side and a guide made of ebony on the other. Each of these tools is capable of making a groove and also a tongue.

 

The side beads show a nice progression of different sizes planes from the smallest to the largest in this set. These 7 side beads are shown among the other planes in the picture below.

 

Shown on the front end, are a small round (5), a simple filletster (6) and two match planes (7 & 8). The whole set (excepted for the plow plane) is shown on the other image. The two "lighter" wood planes are clearly visible with their ebony wedges. The planes in this set look like those made by J. DAWSON, Montréal. As these unusual planes have about the same characteristics of Dawson's it is supposed rightly that they were made at this manufacture probably by one of the employees and for himself. This man, of course, deliberately omitted to "sign" them. It was most likely during the eighteen fifties.