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