Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Working Wood Vol 3

Hi Folks
Something I've been involved with over the last year or so is the latest volume of "Working Wood" by Artisan  Media. I bumped into Dave and Simon at the last "European Woodworking Show" and I obviously made the right impression on them. I've been involved with the chapters on wooden planes, it being my area of expertise, and as a general sounding board - it's been a real pleasure to have been a part of things in a small way.




Now I've finally got a copy of the book in my hands I'm extremely impressed with it - the photography is quite wonderful and the book is laid out gloriously. And Simon has done a wonderful job of putting over so much information in such an accessible way - the book is truly impressive!
This volume covers the workshop and the more advanced hand tools and jigs, as well as how to sharpen and maintain these. There is a huge amount of tricks and tips and the beautiful photography clearly compliments the text. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!
As a final treat I was asked to write the foreword - there's even one or two photo's of me strategically placed throughout the book. You have been warned ;)
Available direct and from Classic Hand Tools in the UK.
Cheers
Philly

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rosewood Delight

Hi Folks
Had some interesting planes on the bench these last few weeks - first up, a Toted Smoother in Rosewood. The Rosewood really sets this plane off!



Other news - the Superior Marking Gauges have been a great success! All the early runs have gone and the introductory offer is now over - regular price is £89.99. We have just completed the next production run and have gauges ready to ship!

 More news soon....

Philly

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.

The gauge is priced at £89.99 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