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Legend vs. Fact: The British Infill Plane It is hard to image a woodworking subject more surrounded by misconceptions and outright falsehoods than that of the infill plane. Yet, there is no shortage of material written on these planes. Unfortunately, most of it serves only to perpetuate the misinformation.
Norris Planes – Information and identification. One of my main interests is hand planes — specifically the infills made by Norris, Spiers, Mathieson, Slater.
Remember Me? What’s New? Results 1 to 5 of 5. Thread: Infill plane dating info? Infill plane dating info? I recently aquired a Spiers infill smoothing plane, am trying to get a handle on its age. Does anyone know of any sources of info on how to date them? Google was not much help. I was unable to get through to the Shepherd guys, but will try them later. An online source would be nice. Will post a pic when I get time.
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In this country many tools have been unearthed which date back to the time when the Basically rubbish compared with most Spiers planes but its rarity.
E-mail About Us. British Metal Planes, commonly referred to as infill planes, represent the pinnacle of refinement in cabinetmaking planes. These planes came into vogue during a time when industrialization allowed products of remarkable precision to be made for a wide market, but at the same time fine hand work was still being done. Infill planes proliferated in the second half of the nineteenth century.
While production lingered on until the early s in a few isolated cases, The Great War really sounded the death knell for this type of tool. Today, these tools are avidly sought by both users and collectors. Their elegant lines and unequaled performance stimulating interest in both groups. When perusing the planes in this section, it must be remembered that the very nature of these planes meant that production would be relatively small.
Today, the supply of good examples is very limited. We do sell quite a few Norris and Spiers planes, but it must be borne in mind that these planes are far too scarce to maintain a constant stock of good planes at a reasonable price. Planes by lesser known makers, while often of similar quality, are typically much easier to acquire, simply due to their lessor fame. Explanation of Our Condition Grading System. This small size is really handy, which means that most of them that I see are well used.
This one would suite a discerning user or a collector.
While Norris may be the best known, it wasn’t the only manufacturer. Spiers – a Scottish manufacturer that made infills for a long time. Without going through a full type study, in general, the earliest of the coffin sided infills were made with screws through the sides into the infills, and a wedge instead of a lever cap with screw.
Next were the planes with rivets into the infill which are nearly invisible, and a lever cap and screw to hold the blade in place. The earliest stamps on the lever caps were Spiers Ayr – though the words appear upside down.
infill bench planes from popular plane makers like Norris and Spiers. Date, new to old Spiers Ayr Dovetailed Smoothing Plane –
The Infill Planes Showcase. It should be noted that there are no owners marks on the plane at all. Both the toe and the heel are enclosed, rather than open as found on later planes. The infill has been overstuffed, as would be expected on a plane of this age. Spiers planes with mahogany infills are uncommon and, at the proposed time of the brochure, they cost slightly less than those planes with a rosewood infill.
The bridge is a solid piece of gunmetal which has been secured by four screws at a fixed angle. There are no stamps or markings on it at all. Although I believe the mahogany infill to be original, the wedge and the rear handle are not. Similarly there are traces of glue on the surface of the shellac where the handle has been mortised into the infill. The inside of the front of the handle also shows some roughness — as in the curvature is not a smooth one.
Whether or not the original handle was open — as most of the early ones were — or closed is also not clear, however these few things lead me to believe that the handle is a replacement, as this plane does not show due care in its crafting and would not have left the Spiers workshop in this condition.
Planes para solteros en bilbao 8. All raced for example, mathieson son, infill planes is stamped t. Norris no.
We hold one of the largest stocks of carefully chosen period Georgian furniture in the whole of Scotland. We also hold the largest selection of antique, old and pre-owned Woodworking tools in the UK. View Dealers Items Dealer favs. The first thing to say before going any further is, that in my opinion the woodwork of this plane has been professionally restored.
The plane has its original gunmetal lever cap with scroll script stamp. Very nice dark rosewood infill with open rear handle with long comfy spur. As previously stated in my opinion the front bun infill and the rear open handle are both later repairs but have been done so well it is hard to tell for sure. Never-the-less this is a very rare type of Spiers plane that is hardly ever seen, in fact this is only the 3rd brass one I have seen.
This item is located in Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom.
Stewart Spiers was a small but innovative firm of plane-makers in Scotland, founded first of all in Ayr in Ayrshire and continuing under the registered name of Stewart Speirs Ltd [ sic ] in Paisley, Renfrewshire , from c. Stewart followed his father William Spiers into the cabinet-making trade in Ayr, and when his father died in he apparently took over the workshop in River Street.
How Stewart came to be a plane-maker was, according to the Ayrshire Post , purely by accident, however.
Antique Planes, Very Rare Spiers Of Ayr Brass Smoothing Plane. VERY RARE late ‘s vintage SPIERS of AYR dovetailed brass and steel soled.
Revised Jun As the basis for our guide to Norris Planes we have used a page original Norris Catalogue, apparently dating from the ‘s. In order that the text can be read, and also in order to minimise download times, we have provided separate illustrations for each plane type, or group of types. Even in the ‘s Norris produced a wide variety of options for the cabinet maker to consider.
Planes could be Dovetailing of Metal Planes. Whilst there is no such illustration in this Norris catalogue, it is fortunate that Mathieson considered it useful to illustrate how their wrought steel planes were dovetailed together click for illustration of the construction of a rabate plane. Types of Norris Planes. Jointing and Panel Planes. Planes could be:- with or without the Norris Patent Adjuster – where this is an option, the adjustable version has ‘A’ preceding the number – A5 is the adjustable version of the No.
Additionally, of course, most models were made in a variety of lengths and cutter widths.
Livraison gratuite. Note: Very faint makers mark present, see images. Every refurbished tool that is undertaken by us is revitalised not just by cleaning them but by rectifying the wear and reducing the need to do anything other than add your personal preferences similar to when buying new. Our techniques have a proven track record that meet the demands of the professional craftsman whilst best practices are carried out when sharpening to ensure the tempering isn’t affected.
Any repairs to tools are always mentioned in the main description but if undertaken you can be assured these will have been carried out with emphasis of restoring the original strength to that part, having said that NO tool that has been repaired by welding will ever be sold by us, we simply dismantle them and use the good parts, taking that tool out of circulation.
Stewart Spiers was a small but innovative firm of plane-makers in Scotland, founded first of all Death Duty Register confirms date of death. ^ First Census of.
This is an early model Spiers dovetailed infill hand plane, possibly even a custom order. Both of the infills, as mentioned, are in two parts and made from nicely figured Brazilian rosewood. The join for the rear infill can be seen on the bed as well as the heel, though it would be reasonable to assume that this join would be much harder to locate when the plane was first sold. Time often has a habit of showing these things over the years.
The earlier models were much less consistent than the later ones. They were generally squarer in finish, with little or no chamfering at all. It probably made them a little cheaper to make too, as the rosewood only needed to be an inch and a half thick, rather than two inches, and scraps could be used — especially for the top capping on the bun. Indeed it may turn out somewhere down the track that Spiers made more planes with this design?