I am in the process of drafting designs for three new hand planes; one small smoother and two mitre planes.


I am finding my new work station (see previous post) very useful for this as the large flat surface is ideal for doing drafting work. Another use for the station that I hadn’t thought of when I posted it last Monday.

The new planes will, I hope, be interesting. I am quite excited about them (how sad is that !!) and am trying to spend a bit of time getting the details right. The designs have been floating about in my head for a while and are now being transferred onto paper. Soon, I hope, they will be taking shape on the bench.

At less than 7″ long, the smoothing plane will be smaller than the recent Lough Sheelin Smoother and a bit more old style with some decorative features. Obviously, I am not going to say what these features are just yet.

One of the mitre planes will be somewhat similar to my River Inney design but with a twist. You will have to wait until it is finished to discover what the twist is.

The third plane, also a mitre plane, is inspired by the Spiers Improved Pattern Mitre  Plane of the mid 1800s. This was a plane made by Stewart Spiers of Ayr, Scotland; a successful and prolific hand plane-maker. Examples still exist today and are valued collector’s items. Indeed, I have two in my own collection.

While there is something timeless about the Spiers original design, is not my intention to make an exact reproduction; far from it in fact, but the influence will still be obvious to anyone who is familiar with the Spiers plane. Mine however will be 33% smaller and will have some different detailing that I am keen to put into the plane. Moreover, my plane will be made from brass while Spiers worked mainly with iron and gunmetal.

I do not want to reveal any more at this stage. Sorry, but you will have to wait. Visit The Waney Edge Workshop blog from time to time and you can follow updates on this project (and others). So many projects, so little time!