Friday, October 24, 2014

Superior Marking Gauge

Hi Folks
A project I've been working on over the last couple of years has been a traditional marking gauge, one that incorporates all the details that I like in a gauge. I've made numerous prototypes and have dragged them round the woodwork shows and shown them to many people for feedback. I'm pleased to say that I am finally completely happy with the design (and manufacturing!) and can finally reveal the beasty in all its true glory - the Superior Marking Gauge!



The initial batch has been made from my stash of Rosewood - combined with brass and steel it looks timeless and glorious and hits all the woodworking "ooh" spots. It has a few tricks up its sleeve. It comes with a pin for everyday marking out, the wide face of the gauge giving plenty of bearing surface to work against. I also like a knife or cutting gauge when working across the grain and when working with veneered pieces so you can swap the pin out for the supplied knife. And finally, a pencil gauge is great for when you want a legible mark without actually damaging the surface - swap ends on the shaft of the gauge and it becomes a pencil gauge.



One other detail that has annoyed me on other gauges I own and have tried is the locking mechanism. You want to be able to lock the gauge off firmly but also to be able to adjust it easily and accurately. My patent pending mechanism makes this a pleasure to do and there is no separate "foot" to loose if you dissemble the gauge.

As a special introductory offer we are offering the gauge at £75 plus shipping - drop me an email at phillyplanes@gmail.com to place an order.

Cheers
Phil


Monday, September 22, 2014

Magma Show in Austria

Hi Folks
I will be at the Magma International Open days in Austria from the 26th to 28th of September building planes - if you are in the neighbourhood please call by and say "hi". There are going to be some amazing craftsmen demonstrating their skills from all around the world so it should be a fantastic event!

Cheers
Philly


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Podcast

Hi Folks
I recently had a long conversation on planes, plane making and how I got started with Cory Mickelson of the "Craftman's Road" site. He has put this together as a podcast and it is now available to listen to here..
Hope this may be of interest to some,
Cheers
Phil

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tapered Plane Irons Pricing

Hi Folks
I've had a lot of interest in the Tapered irons mentioned in the last entry so have added a page to the Philly Planes website with more information and pricing details. Email me if you are interested - I can make them in pretty much any size!
Back to the bench,
Philly

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tapered Irons!

Hi Folks
Here at the workshop I get asked a lot about tapered irons. It's pretty much impossible to buy a new iron suitable for a bench plane that is tapered like the old ones. So we've bit the bullet and purchased the necessary equipment and after a certain amount of experimentation we are now happy to offer for sale our very own "Tapered Plane Irons".

They are made from O1 high carbon steel (as are all our irons) and are available initially in 40mm and 50mm widths (approximately 1 1/2" and 2"). They come ground with a 25 degree primary bevel and are surface ground to a fine finish.


We can also taper grind irons for moulding planes and rebates - just send us an email with your requirements at phillyplanes@gmail.com

Cheers
Philly

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hand Works 2015

Hi Folks

I know it's a little way off yet but I'm really excited to be attending the Hand Works show next May in Amana, Iowa in the USA! It is a hand tool only event featuring the best hand tool makers and manufacturers from around the world. More details are available here....  Hand Works 2015



As an added bonus they are exhibiting the amazing Studley Tool Chest and Workbench - if you've never heard of this check it out here, its truly an amazing piece and I can't wait to see it. Extra memory cards for the camera are being ordered right now..... ;)


I'll have more details as we get nearer,
Cheers
Philly

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Moulding Planes and Associated Things....

Hi Folks


Been pretty crazy here at the Philly Planes Workshop - we took delivery of a trees worth of quarter sawn Beech last week! There are planks of it everywhere and I've spent hours breaking it down into plane sized billets. Every nook and cranny of the 'shop has blocks of Beech  pushed into it!
Why have I bought so much? It is extremely difficult to find quartered stock (which is vital for wooden planes as it means the stock expands and contracts side to side - this means the wedge angle never varies throughout the year so your plane performs happily). I spend an inordinate amount of time searching for timber and always have the "I don't have enough wood" feeling breathing down my neck. So we have bought a Beech tree and had it cut exactly how we wanted - problem solved!


I do get a lot of enquiries about buying blanks from customers who want to have a go at making their own planes. I am now in a position to be able to say "yes" to these requests, so drop me an email if you are interested - if there is enough interest I may offer them for sale on the website.

Back to the bench....

Philly