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