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Forum topic by Jerlac posted 10-14-2013 10:25 AM 1051 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:25 AM

Can anyone help me to identify this tool

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 10:34 AM

I’d say a cooper’s plane, for working the inside of barrels, like cutting for the lid and bottom.

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 02:09 PM

That is a Viking condiment tray with integrated apple slicer.

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 02:20 PM

Racerglen has it. Take a look at this diagram. It’s more complicated than just a groove; based on the shape of your iron, it may be the one that cuts the “chiv”.

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 02:24 PM

Glen got it right.
It’s called a howel.
And now to make you regret asking, here’s a quick history lesson.
When they made barrels they used three planes -
The sun plane looked like a wooden jointer but curved to the side. It leveled the top.
Then the howel (your plane) would ride on that level top to cut a concave portion on the inside that was of even depth and width.
It was followed by the croze (which has a body that looks like a howel). The croze cut the notch (is it called a dado when it goes around like that?) in the area cleaned out by the howel. The bottom/top slipped into that notch.

Edit: JJohnson found a diagram while I was typing. You’re still stuck with the history lesson.

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 02:24 PM

Redsled: I sure do enjoy your input…keep it coming.

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#6 posted 10-14-2013 06:51 PM

I was going to suggest it was a croze, but Glen and Joe stopped me from making that error. I’ve never done any coopering, but love watching videos (youtube, a fantastic episode of the Woodwright’s shop) of coopers at work. The incredible muscle memory they need to develop over years of practice to be able to drawknife the inside and outside of the staves and bevel the sides of the staves, all without jigs, sliding bevels, squares or anything simply amazes me.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 01:04 AM

Thanks everyone!

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 01:08 AM

The wet coopers were the best because the barrels had to be tight
to hold liquid. Dry coopering is a lot more forgiving because the
bevels and shaping don’t have to be nearly as exact to make
a stave.

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 01:09 AM

Cool…thank you : )

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