Coach Maker's plane (Definition Please)

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Forum topic by Klickitat posted 10-10-2015 08:03 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2015 08:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools plane coach maker squirrel tail

I see coach maker planes online in the various places that I haunt on the interweb and I know what one is when I see one. The problem is that I do not know what the definition is.

Every time I see “coach maker plane” it always is some little squirrel tail grooving, dado or rebate/ rabbet plane. This is not the only planes a coach maker used so what is the definition of a “Coach Maker’s Plane”

BTW this is one I seen on ebay today and got weak in the knees a little.

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 10:19 PM

Don’t know, I’d like clarification, too. I’ve seen them like one like you posted, then this morning I saw, I think, a Sargent #30 at a flea market, which I’ve also seen called a carriage maker’s plane. It looked like this (wasn’t this one, just grabbed a pic off the internet)

Guy was selling it for $45. I passed. Wasn’t in great shape, also corrugated bottom which I’ve stopped buying.

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 12:48 AM

I think, and I am no expert, that they are referred to as Coach Maker’s Planes because they can rabbet or dado around the insides of the curves of the frame members that make up the body of the coach.

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 07:42 PM

My understanding is A coach makers plane is simply a plane typically used by a coach or wagon builder. To be correct there would be a definitive phrase after coach maker, like coach makers rabbit plane or coach makers router plane.

Its my understanding early on these guys came up with a variety of planes specific for their trade, so the name stuck and eventually the planes spanned out into other trades but retained the name.

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#4 posted 10-12-2015 02:55 PM

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