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3rd Vintage Hand Tool Extravaganza

3rd Vintage Hand Tool Extravaganza

24th June 2022


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Rare PRESTON 178 Duplex Rabbet Plane

Rare PRESTON 178 Duplex Rabbet Plane

1st May 2022

A rare No.178 duplex rebate plane by EDWARD PRESTON & SONS of Birmingham and the only example we have seen.Believed to be a late addition to the PRESTON plane range, probably late 1920s or early 1930s, a little before Record acquired the manufacturing rights to Preston planes from Rabone in…

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2nd Vintage Hand Tool Extravaganza

2nd Vintage Hand Tool Extravaganza

7th February 2022

Advance notice of the 2nd Vintage Hand Tool Extravaganza.Following on from the first, well received, get together of hand tool 'aficionados' last October, we are pleased to confirm the next EXTRAVAGANZA is now in the calendar.Make a note in your diaries - Saturday 9th April 2022 - come and meet…

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David Winder Planemaker

David Winder Planemaker

2nd November 2021

Having met up again at the recent Hand Tool Extravaganza in Lincolnshire I though I should share a few images of planes by Burnley planemaker David Winder.David has increased his range over the past few years and has now produced a wide variety of infill planes including small mitres and…

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Unusual Decorative Shoulder Plane

Unusual Decorative Shoulder Plane

29th July 2021

An interesting and unusual cast iron shoulder plane.  No obvious makers marks but with floral decoration to the top sections.The unmarked adjustable blade has a hole which locates it onto the depth of cut adjuster.  Simple cap iron held in place by a brass cam.We have never seen one before…

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Early 18th Century ELLIS WRIGHT Moulding Plane

Early 18th Century ELLIS WRIGHT Moulding Plane

3rd January 2021

A nice example of one of the rarest English moulding planes.Ellis WRIGHT was apprenticed to Francis Purdew in 1706 and both men are probably best known for the similar maker's mark style found on their planes.Both marks were oval and Purdew planes were marked on the side of the stock…

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Worth Saving? 18th Century Cupids Bow Panel Plane

Worth Saving? 18th Century Cupids Bow Panel Plane

2nd November 2020

An interesting and early small panel plane.Found earlier this year buried in a box of other, later, moulding planes under a bench in deepest Lincolnshire.At first glance it looked as sorry as all the other wooden planes in the box. The woodworm beetle's offspring had enjoyed their feast, imagine how…

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SPIERS No.11 Gunmetal Adjustable Bullnose Plane

SPIERS No.11 Gunmetal Adjustable Bullnose Plane

31st August 2020

A rare adjustable No.11 bullnose or bull-nosed plane by Stewart SPIERS of Ayr.  SPIERS bullnose planes are rare anyway, the steel adjustable bullnose a little rarer and then we have the gunmetal with steel sole example.Offered late in the SPIERS manufacturing timeline, the adjustable plane came with a fully marked…

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Brass Infill Smoother Transformation

Brass Infill Smoother Transformation

18th August 2020

We recently sold a brass infill smoothing plane in need of some attention.  The wedge was missing, the iron short and we still don't understand how the rear infill ended up in the state you can see in the photos.Although many would have replaced the rear infill in rosewood, as…

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English Staircase Saw - Updated

English Staircase Saw - Updated

3rd June 2020

A wonderful example of an English staircase saw, from a private collection.Used to cut the sides of staircase housings or 'strings' that hold the risers and treads.Examples from Europe and the USA turn up reasonably frequently however those produced in the UK are rare and it is believed that most…

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