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Blog entry by ChuckV posted 1534 days ago 1563 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!

This past winter, we were at Old Sturbridge Village. We saw a demonstration of a spill plane. My young sons were fascinated by this tool. They kept it in mind and with the help of my wife, they found a spill plane at Lee Valley. This is from the description at LV:
Before matches became widely available in the 1860s, long, coiled wood shavings known as spills were used to transfer a flame from one location to another, such as from a fireplace to a candle, lantern or stove.

There are two drive pins to hold the blade in place and two set screws to adjust the depth of cut. Like all LV planes, this is easy to set up and a pleasure to use.

It took me a few tries to get the hang of it. Now, I am almost able to keep up with the demand of my well-supervised yet slightly pyromaniacal sons.

Here is the plane on my workbench. There is a hole in the plane that allows it to be fastened to a block of wood and then held in a vice. This would make it easier to use.

The 3/4” slot that holds the edge of the wood is called a spillway. Here is a picture of starting to push the wood through the spillway.

As the wood passes over the skewed blade. a cone-shaped helical shaving is produced.

Between the spill plane and a cherry pie that my wonderful wife baked using cherries from our own tree, this is a great day.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1534 days ago

sounds like a great fathers day.Enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1534 days ago

congrat´s with your new toy enjoy playing the spillgame
what ells cuold LV come up with…...lol

Dennis

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1534 days ago

How awesome is that tool , and a homemade pie to boot !!! Happy Father’s Day : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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wseand

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#4 posted 1534 days ago

Now i need some pie. Very cool tool, Happy fathers day

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Roper

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#5 posted 1534 days ago

nice plane, but i want the pie, got to go find one of those right now. Seriously though how often do you think you will use that plane?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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SawDustNeophyte

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#6 posted 1533 days ago

Yup! The pie is IT!!!!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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doordude

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#7 posted 1533 days ago

very cool tool,and a piece of living history. and now pass the pie.

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RichardH

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#8 posted 1533 days ago

This is my kind of tool – unique, fun to play with, and not sure it is really needed for anything :-)

Cool story and nice touch in the post including the pie!

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 1533 days ago

Interesting tool. I am always surprised to see the ingenious tools made in the past, many for purposes long forgotten….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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CampD

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#10 posted 1533 days ago

Mmmmm Pie!!!
neat tool, never seen one before.

-- Doug...

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Lenny

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#11 posted 1533 days ago

Great story Chuck. Congrats on the acquistion of this wonderful tool. It was great of your wife to pursue and find it. Did you run into Norm Abram while at Old Sturbridge Village? He got many of his inspirations for projects there. By the way, guess who’s coming to dessert? I will be by in about an hour for a slice of that pie. I am heading out the door to get on the Mass Pike now.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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ChuckV

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#12 posted 1533 days ago

Thanks for all the replies.

Lenny – Not that I advocate breaking any traffic laws, but the boys are just aching to get into that pie. They really do not have to twist my arm very hard to get me to give in.

If you want to see the cherry tree that lead to the pie, here it is on Garden Tenders.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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F Dudak

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#13 posted 1533 days ago

Great tool I need one of these for sure. It will work great for planing arms and the hand blocks for Windsor chairs. It beats setting a # 7 in a vise . Enjoy!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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scrappy

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#14 posted 1533 days ago

Great story. Thanks for the bit of history in there. I have always known the old “spills” as you said to be called “Tapers”. Probably from the way they are shaped. Never knew how they were produced.

Thanks Again.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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