By using a simple wooden pattern
temporary nailed to the panel, the plane worked extremely well.
It a was important that it was razor sharp, and perfectly lined up with the
rebate edge. The plane cut neatly across the end grain fibers and required no
scribing cut before cutting.
In conclusion, although these early planes may
appear basic compared to later examples with the added refinement of nicker
irons, fences, and depth stops, they are very efficient tools.
We visited a National Trust property today where the majority of the joinery
dated to about 1710, and it was interesting to observe panels that would have
been produced by this form of a plane.
Panel Plane by Moody, Worcester
This plane was
almost certainly made by Joseph Moody, sometime around 1720s.