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Richard Arnold on 18th Century English Tools

  What is a Panel Plane? by Richard Arnold 2 of 7  

Raised and fielded panels have been in use for many centuries, but planes specifically made to produce them are only date back to the beginning of the 18th century. Joseph Moxon makes no reference to them in "The Art of Joinery".

The earliest example of panel raiser plane I know of is this example by Robert Wooding.

Judging from the very early wedge design, this plane is likely from early period in his career possibly as early as 1705-1715. The design of this plane is very simple. There is no fence or depth stop, and no nicker iron. As with a lot of these early planes, it is quite small in comparison to later examples.

The rebate in the edge of the stock has been enlarged over the years. This seems to be a very common occurrence with panel raisers. It is still possible to see the setting outlines on the toe and heel of the stock, and these show the original size of the rebate. In its original state, the top edge of the rebate would have operated as a built-in depth stop.

I decided to make a copy of this plane to experiment as to how well it would perform in its unaltered original form.

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