bench type planes

Panel fielding plane by J Hill.

  This is a well made plane; with a nice round topped, double iron by John Green. The mouth of the plane has been made up with a steel insert, and I think this is probably original. The puzzling thing about this plane is who the maker actually is. The only likely candidate is James Hill of London, but Goodman gives a date of 1754. This is the date his son began his apprenticeship with Thomas Phillipson. The plane looks later than this, but maybe the Father continued in business long after this date. If anyone has an example of a plane baring this stamp, I would be pleased to hear from them

This is a 14 inch, handled panel plane by Nelsons of York

  Apart from some old worm runs, this plane is in almost perfect condition; in fact it has probably never been used. I once tried to test this plane out, but I could not get the blade to cut as the fence has not been relived at the mouth to allow the iron to protrude from the mouth, clearly showing that it has never seen action.

 The round topped, single iron is by John Wilde of Sheffield

 An 18th century handled cornice plane by Thomas Philipson of London. This is a massive moulder, measuring  narly 5 1/2 inches wide!. Note the rope at the front, this was so the poor apprentice could pull while the master guided the plane. I'm so tempted to try this plane out, but it has so much worm I'm scared of pulling it apart!

This is an early panel raising plane by C Johnson of Warwick.

  It has a William Crosby round topped iron. There is very little information about this maker, but the Crosby iron indicates an early date

The next plane is a Robert Wooding panel plane. It has a nice original iron by William Cosby. I love the branded owners marks on early 18th century planes. Some of you may recognise this plane, as it is illustrated in Goodmans British planemakers from 1700