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I was fortunate recently to be given a box of assorted old tools. I was told that they belonged to a joiner or cabinet maker who worked at the Eveleigh Carriage Workshops in Sydney. He left them in his house when it was sold and the purchaser kept them. He eventually passed them on to the husband of a friend of mine and they ended up with me. They do not appear to have been used during the intervening years and were well coated with linseed oil. There is a number of interesting tools but amongst the chisels two with London Pattern […]
Frame and panel construction is a universal feature in 18th century domestic joinery. Until 1750 most principal rooms in the UK were fully panelled. After this date panel construction continued in doors and window shutters, and indeed almost every piece of joinery. While much panelling was “square” (square edge to rails – flat panelling) in better quality work the framing would be finished with a moulding and the panel would be fielded or raised. Doors within houses followed the general rule: those on the secondary floors were square and flat while those in the principal floors were moulded and fielded. […]
The Screw Stem Plough Plane
In the pre-Industrial woodworker’s world a nice plough plane was the status symbol of a successful craftsman. They were made using every imaginable material and timber After acquiring a Screw Stem Plough plane last year I gave it a preliminary clean and then put it aside with a view to using it on a few projects to see how it performed. The wedge securing the iron needed some adjustment and it was evident that the wooden nuts would need some lubrication on the threads of the stems or staves. I have now dismantled it again and worked over the plane body […]