"Up to the middle
of the 17th century most carpenters' and joiners'
planes were almost certainly made by the craftsmen
Only the ordinary bench
planes were required and only one of each type, and
the average joiner would have found the making of
these comparatively simple job.
In 17th century more
elaborate mouldings became general and a wide-range
of special planes with standard profiles became an
essential feature of the first-class workman's kit."
W. L. Goodman,
British Plane Makers from 1700.