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Vintage moving planes are easy to find but can be difficult to restore due to all the moving parts and general wear and tear these tools endure. If you don’t want to buy a movable metal fitting, then I highly recommend you take a look at the work of Jeremiah Wilding, a young planemaker who specializes in 18th century style planes.
Over the last year I’ve put a handful of his planes to work and have been impressed with the way they work and look – his attention to detail is impressive. Wilding loaned me a moving filister plane this year, a project he had been working on for some time.
It is nothing short of perfect. Wilding has managed to come up with two shortcomings of many movable filisters: their tendency to clog in heavy cuts and the fact that the fence’s locking mechanism wears out prematurely.
The fence locks using machine screws and threaded inserts. And the geometry of the escapement, wedge and body of the aircraft pulls the chips out of the tool in use.
The body is maple with khaki boxing and a khaki wedge to secure the cross grain nicker. The conical iron is made of O1 steel, inclined to obtain clean cross stops and can cut a 1 ″ wide rebate. The depth stop moves via a brass wing screw and locks with a steel screw. As hard as I try, I was unable to slide the depth stop.
Beyond all the functional pieces, the woodwork on this floor is spectacular. Unlike many 19th century wooden planes, Wilding’s are exquisitely detailed with beautiful wide bevels and ogee decorating the tool body.
All in all, it is one of the best wooden planes I have ever used. Highly recommended.
Blog: Read my test ride on Wilding’s other planes.
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