Towell Miter – secondary dovetails and Bridge mortises


This entry will cover the layout and cutting/filing work for the bridge mortises and secondary dovetails on the sidewall stock.  First, the bridge work. Bridge mortise layout The layout of the mortises for the bridge are absolutely critical to the final outcome of the plane. Variations in layout from one side to the other will […]

Hacksaws and files


A little discussion about specific tools for those people who are considering making a plane by hand – first and foremost, make sure you have a good high-tension hacksaw, and be prepared to use it a lot.  There are any number of sources for these – and my local home center even carries a fairly […]

Towell Miter – design and layout


The Plane – The plane for this project is going to be loosely based on a miter plane made by Robert Towell of London in the early to mid 19th century.  The original plane belongs to my friend Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools and Tools for Working Wood, and I had a chance to take […]

Song for the sneckless


One of the previous commenters had asked about some details on snecking blades.  The sneck is a very nice addition to a blade, particularly on low angle miter planes, as it provides a very handy means for reducing blade projection without having to strike the plane body itself. The method I use to sneck miter […]

Independence Day


First – A Personal Note Happy New year all. Thanks to everyone who ‘gently prodded’ me about getting it back in gear. Long time since last blog entry?  Yup.  What can I say – holidays at the best of times are busy, and if you have young children like we do, you’ll know that it […]