|Forum topic by Brett||posted 06-14-2014 01:24 AM||1660 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
06-14-2014 01:24 AM
I bought something recently that I though was a simple, old plow plane:
Everything works, and is in pretty good shape. The plane is made by W. Greenslade of Bristol, and is virtually identical to this plane which sold on eBay:
When I brought the plane home, I discovered that the fence does not slide completely against the body of the plane (the eBay plane has a recess in the fence for the depth gauge). Also, the depth gauge cannot be extended down to the sold of the plane, which makes me wonder what it is for. The plane looks like a traditional rabbet plane to which a sliding fence and depth gauge has been attached.
In my pictures, the depth gauge is extended down as far as it will go.
I’ve been trying to picture how this thing works. The only time the depth gauge seems like it would be effective is if the plane were used to cut a rabbet in the end of a board. In fact, the swept cutting iron makes me wonder if this is not some sort of specialty rabbet plane with a variable fence.
Does this make sense? What kind of plane is this?
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