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Richard Arnold on 18th Century English Tools

  My Favorite Workhorse by Richard Arnold 1 of 2  

This morning I got to spend a bit of time to give my favorite workhorse a bit of a service.

I use this plane on a daily basis and it works hard for its living.


Not only did it get a good sharpening, I gave it a clean and polish as well. It looked so good I thought I'd take some shots to share.

The levercap on this panel plane is marked, Buck, 245 Tottenham Court Road, but my suspicion is that it was made by Stuart Spiers of Ayre. Spiers attended the great exhibition of 1851, and I think Buck may have started ordering planes from him after seeing them at the exhibition. Buck was at 245 Tottenham Court Road up to 1866, so the date fits.

The side profile, screwed sides, and wrought iron dovetailed construction are all classic Spiers features. What is unusual is that infills are made of mahogany, although Spiers offered this cheaper option as apposed to rosewood. The style of the infill is also unusual, and has led me to wonder if Buck ordered the bodies and levercap, and had them infilled by someone in London.

The softer mahogany has worn on the top of the handle from the blade being taken in and out over the years, but I don't mind this as it's all part of it's history. The tapered iron and back iron are by Marples, and likely to be original to the plane.

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