|Forum topic by drfunk||posted 01-11-2012 08:27 AM||1948 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
01-11-2012 08:27 AM
My friend from work gave me this one – he said his father-in-law dropped it off (and several other planes in a box) in his shop some years ago and he was getting sick of tripping over it.
The blade says Clegg (Uxbridge Rd) which I was able to identify as a British plane manufacturer – but I can’t verify they made infill panel planes. I need to double check the box to make sure there aren’t any other blades in amongst the primitive coffin planes that might be more correct than this, but this sure seems correct. Any panel plane experts out there that can confirm for me?
The wood is definitely beech and the side panels are dovetailed to the bottom. It’s definitely full of rust, but should clean up nicely – I hope. The overall length of the sole is 7 inches and the blade width is about 2 3/8 inches.
The most interesting thing to me is the presence of what looks like a primitive depth adjustment. There has to be a piece missing because it doesn’t work as-is. When comparing with various versions of Norris adjusters I think I may be able to reverse engineer it. It seems to me the slot in the knurled screw should engage a notch in a long-missing piece that would then engage the screw-head of the chip breaker. The slot-notch method is very similar to the Lie Nielsen 62 adjustment method. Has anybody seen anything like this? I’d like to remake the missing part to the original design spec if possible. Was there a provision for lateral adjustment? I might be able to figure out a way to incorporate one.
Another mystery is that there is no screw hole in the wood behind the counter sunk hole in the adjuster. The adjuster was never fully installed!
Thanks in advance to anyone who can shine some light on this mystery plane of mine!