Last year when I introduced the DT planes, I had a tough time working out what to call them. Genetically, the planes are an outgrowth of the traditional british thumb plane, but there are pretty substantial differences compared to, say, a Norris 32.

Most significantly, the DT series wedge and front bun are designed for significantly different ergonomics than a traditional thumb plane – with the goal being a range of grips that are comfortable and allow very subtle control both one- and two- handed.

After my initial post about these planes, UK carpenter Greg Reid contacted me with a brilliant suggestion: why not call them ‘index’ planes? In well under a second I’d bought into the idea completely. It describes the critical control focus (the index finger rather than thumb), but also conveys a sense of precision that I think gets at the sort of picture I have of the planes.

So: index planes they are. Thanks Greg – easily the best suggestion I’ve ever received through my blog.

Around the same time, another client asked me if I could imagine a slight redesign of the DT-1 sidewalls that would have a more traditional ‘feel’ than the very modern lines on the original. I liked the idea, and loved the final plane. Here’s a shot of both versions of the DT-1 in ironwood to show the sidewall differences clearly. The DT-1 modern is in the foreground, and the DT-1 traditional in the rear.


I honestly cannot decide which I prefer – so I’ll be making both styles. Which brings me to:

PLANE FOR SALE: DT-2 traditional profile.

This is the first plane I’ve made in the larger DT-2 size with this profile. The plane has a 1-1/2-inch blade, a sole length of 6-1/2″, and weighs about 2 lbs. 4 oz. African blackwood infills.

It’s a sick plane, if I do say so myself.

Price: $1700. I still need to build a mallet for the plane, so it will be available for shipping by the end of next week.

First ‘I’ll take it’ email gets it. raney@daedtoolworks.com