Thursday, October 03, 2019

New Product -“David Charlesworth” Marking Knife

Hi Folks

Nearly a decade ago, I was approached by David Charlesworth, who asked me to collaborate with him to make a Marking Knife. David had strong ideas  regarding the geometry of the cutting edge, and he wanted the knife to be thin enough to fit into the narrowest of dovetails. There is no separate handle to allow the Knife to be honed in a sharpening jig.

I have been making this Marking Knife to David's specification for many years, and am now delighted to offer these for sale to all discerning woodworkers. Available on the website or you can email me at phillyplanes@gmail.com.





Thursday, January 18, 2018

DVD Surprise

Hi Folks
I was pleasantly surprised while watching David Charlesworth's latest DVD on making knuckle and rule joints to find him making use of a pair of Philly Planes Hollow and Rounds! Yes, he used them to cut one of the joints and it was great to see the planes being used by his expert hands.

As with all of David's instructional videos, he goes into great depth to show you how you can achieve excellent results - highly recommended viewing, not just for my planes :)



Available from David Charlesworth directly, as well as Classic Hand Tools and Lie Nielsen.


Cheers
Philly

Thursday, July 13, 2017

10 Year Anniversary!

Yes, you read that right - Philly Planes is ten years old this month!! Ten years ago I completed my first pair of planes as a professional maker, starting myself on an exciting and, at times, "interesting" journey. And it has certainly been a lot of fun!

So I would like to thank all my customers and friends who have supported me and encouraged me over the years - thank you, for I could never have done this without you!


To celebrate this anniversary all planes made over the next year will feature a secret mark stamped on the stock :)

So my thanks again - if you need me I will be in the workshop. Amen!

Philly

Monday, November 07, 2016

Taths

Hi Folks

A few updates from the workshop...... I've been busy building planes, lots of lovely planes heading out to new owners around the world. Here are a few pics of what I've been up to....





Money....with the British Pound currently weak this is good news for buyers in the USA and around the world. My planes are now even more affordable and if you've been thinking of ordering a plane then now is a great time as it means you are getting almost a 20% discount at the moment. Take advantage while you can :)





I gave a talk at the TATHS (Tools And Trades History Society)  winter meet this Sunday on making traditional wooden planes - its was well received and it was great to meet up with like minded souls! Please check out their website for more details at  taths.org.uk - their museum at Amberley is well worth a visit!

Back to the bench.....

Cheers

Phil

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summertime.....

Hi Folks
I thought you might want to see some of the interesting planes that have been coming out of the workshop in recent weeks. It's hot here as Summer hits home but that doesn't stop me making planes!

First up is the Small Plow plane. This is a very useful tool, one I used to make a lot of a few years ago. So it's now back on the website as a standard production model.



Next up is the Side Bead - this is a very popular plane so I have added some extra sizes. It's now available in 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" so there's one to suit work of any scale.



I've recently completed a Try plane and Coffin Smoother for a customer in Sweden. He wanted to have both planes upgraded with 6mm thick irons over the "standard" 4mm - I was happy to oblige and they turned out great! I make all planes to order so it's easy for me to customise them to your particular needs - just drop me an email!





Finally something quite special. A Smoothing plane with tote, brass lever cap, 6mm thick high carbon steel Iron and a super tough Partridge wood dovetailed sole. Long time readers may well recognise this plane as I used to make something similar years ago and a customer has been chasing me to build one for him - voila!





So there you go, a small selection of the planes that have been heading out of the workshop. With the recent Brexit worries the British Pound has been hit making this a great time for customers from around the world to purchase a plane from me at an even better price than usual - drop me an email at phillyplanes@gmail.com to discuss your needs.

Cheers
Phil

Friday, April 29, 2016

Furniture And Cabinetmaking Profile

Hi Folks
I was very pleased to be featured in the April 2016 issue of Furniture And Cabinetmaking magazine (that's issue 243). Jim Hooker did an excellent job writing an insightful article on my journey on the road of plane making. I hope you enjoy it!






Cheers
Philly

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Books.....

Hi Folks
New to the website is the bookshop - I have a good collection of classic woodworking books, some pretty rare, that I am offering for sale. Check out this page for the list of titles - they are all in excellent condition (most like new) and if you need further information on a title just email me for more information.
Happy woodworking,
Philly