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

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Yandles Show

Hi Folks
I'll be attending the Yandles Spring Woodworking Show in Martock, Somerset  (near Yeovil) this coming weekend (Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April). It's a great show to visit (especially as its free entry and parking) and it is set in the grounds of a real working sawmill, so there is lots of interesting stuff to see as well as the tools! I'll be on the Classic Hand Tools stand so do drop by for a chat if you are attending.

News......I have a new apprentice! Steve has been helping me out over the years on the occasional project (as well as being a friend for twenty something years!) and has a skill set which meshes nicely with my own. He will be taking on stock preparation and milling up irons to allow me to catch up a little with the order list. We hope to introduce some exciting new products and planes in the coming year and I am genuinely excited at the prospect of having someone to work alongside me - sometimes even I get board of talking to myself ;)



Planes...you may have noticed that some more planes have been added to the site. I now offer the Fore plane and Try plane as standard items, both excellent planes for the preparation and truing of timber. And I have also added the Dovetail plane as a standard item - this is for cutting the male part of sliding dovetails and features adjustable fences to allow a wide variety of sizes to be cut.

Back to the bench....

Philly

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Stuff.....

Hi Folks
A long overdue blog update! My apologies for this, if I'm not blogging its because I'm making lots of planes :)
I have lots of news which I'll blog about as the week goes by, but first up is the website. I have added some new models (the Try, Fore and Sliding Dovetail planes) and updated a few articles. I'm also offering my standard plane irons for sale to you keen woodworkers who want to have a go at making your own planes.

Other news.....I had an accident on the band saw in December, injuring the index finger of my left hand. Thankfully there has been no serious damage and I am now back to full use of my hand. We have all read about other woodworkers having accidents and when it happens to you it is quite a shock - needless to say, making sure you keep the guards safely in position and not working when you are tired, ill or a combination of both is extremely important for your safety. Don't take the risk, it truly is not worth it!!!!!

It is so nice to start the New Year with lots of orders to get stuck into - 2013 was a fantastic year for us and I intend to make 2014 even better. Stay tuned!

Cheers
Philly

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Show Breakdown

Hi Folks
I'm back down to earth (and back in the workshop!) after a very enjoyable few days at the European Woodworking Show. It just gets better every year - a varied and interesting mix of woodworking being demonstrated or on display of every possible kind, a wide choice of food and beverages for when you need a break and a fantastic venue to explore (the historic barns are just amazing!)


It was great to meet so many interested Folk over the weekend - I talked non-stop over the whole weekend leaving me hoarse but happy. Getting feedback from customers new and old as well as chatting to Folks who stopped by the bench really helps re-assure me that I am taking my work in the right direction and that is appreciated - as I work alone it is easy sometimes to doubt yourself.
The big bonus for me is meeting up with old friends and spending the evenings having a beer or two at the local pub - spending quality time with the likes of David Charlesworth, Chris Schwarz, John Hoffman, Deneb Puchalski, Richard Maguire and many others really makes the weekend something special.

So - back to the bench. I've got some interesting planes on the go which I'll share with you shortly as well as trying to find some time to complete the Plough Plane prototype. More soon!

Cheers
Philly