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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. At The Best Things we are serious users, collectors, and students of these planes.
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This Spiers mitre plane is old enough to have the front and rear sole dovetailed One way to gain a sense of the date on these early improved mitre planes is to.
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.
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Brass lever cap with the large capitals Spiers stamp with very nicely grained rosewood infill. Near full length tapered iron by Mathieson produces a fine mouth. Small old repair to the rear handle spur otherwise very good condition for age. We offer worldwide delivery at cost, please call for a quote. Declaration This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as
In general their planes are a generation newer than Spiers or The pre-dates the known Norris catalogs of the early 20th century, is from a.
An early brass chariot plane made by Moseley. Rear is very faintly marked with the Moseley name stamp. Blade is nicely stamped I. Condition: has pitting to base, some pitting to blade, please see photos for condition. Full Product Details. Rosewood infill open handled smoothing plane made by Spiers Ayr. Plane has an I. Sorby parallel iron. Condition: please see photos for condition.
A vintage iron chariot plane with beech infills and wedge. Has a good length cutter.
Rare Spiers of Ayr Brass Smoothing Plane c.1920
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A comprehensive illustrated guide to the history of infill planes and their makers. Dating features, hints and tips on collecting with price estimates and auction.
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.
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. Good refurbishment is important with used vintage tools to ensure not only to enhance performance but also to ensure no tool sold for use has any hidden defects.
Condition is Used. The Spiers Of Ayr infill shoulder rebate plane has bevelled edges on the top half of the plane from the front nose round to the rear end.
Toggle navigation Swingley Development. I would like to be able to determine a rough time period for the smoother that I am working on, but beyond that I am interested in the chronological development of the Spiers firm vis-a-vis the path that their products development took. The book of Spiers history appears to be unavailable. Any elucidation in this regard would be greatly appreciated!
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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.
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Stewart Spiers made his planes in Ayr, Scotland, on the west coast. Spiers played a major role in developing and popularizing wood infilled metal planes, including panel, smoothing, thumb, shoulder, chariot, and improved mitres. Section of Ayr, Scotland, from the Ordnance Survey. Garden St. In , Stewart moved his shop to 11 River St. William Spiers. Wright maker or builder. William Spiers Sr. Ayr P.
Dating stanley block planes Description of wooden planes and spiers made plane and type? Woodworking bench planes? Rosewood buttons on ebay. Yonaguni is older.
Early ‘s slightly more un-common coffin-shaped, dovetailed steel smoothing plane by E. PRESTON & SONS of BIRMINGHAM. RARE EARLY SPIERS.
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The Bailey line of planes manufactured by Stanley. Some of the planes date prior to Stanley’s production of them. Spiers was the uncontested infill planemaker for decades due to the traditional psyche that fills the typical English dude’s.
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Remember Me. This is an early spiers Planes dovetailed infill hand plane, possibly even a custom order. It has the trademark early features – low two-piece front bun and two-piece rear infill, screwed side plates to fix the infills , tongue and groove joint for the sole plate and early “domed stewart” thumb screw. Dating also has the elegant “lighter style” planes cap planes was sometimes prone to bending and breaking as well as the upside down “Spiers Ayr” stamp.
Both of the infills, as mentioned, are in two spiers and made from nicely figured Brazilian rosewood.
A dovetailed steel badger plane by Stewart Spiers of Ayr – rare just doesn’t cover it! Stewart Spiers was born in and began his working life.
One: Mist appears in their eyes or two: you get a comment that they are no better than a good Lie-Nielsen plane. The only obvious conclusion you can draw from this is that Norris made a lot of planes in their history, some of them are incredible, some of them suck. Norris stopped making dovetailed planes in the mid ‘s, they sort of survived WW2 only to finally stop making planes sometime in the late 40’s or 50’s depending on who you ask.
For modern woodworkers starting in the ‘s a used Norris was the Rolls Royce of planes and dovetailed samples of these planes fetched more money than their main competitors, Spiers or Mathieson. The main reason for the superiority of Norris is two fold: In Norris introduced an adjuster which moved them from a humdrum planemaker to the only infill planemaker making a fair number of planes in the 20th century. In general their planes are a generation newer than Spiers or Mathieson and have seen less wear and are simply not worn out.
In addition, with the adjuster, Norris realized that there was no business trying to compete with Stanley type planes or wooden planes as Spiers tried too, and Norris’s efforts were spent going higher and higher end. In the ‘s a nice rosewood dovetailed Norris smooth plane went for about dollars. Then in the ‘s Fine Woodworking magazine wrote about the “Rolls Royce” of planes and prices sky-rocked.