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Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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Working on how to design a table? I've got a copy of "500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style" up for grabs. The first person to correctly identify what type of plane this is wins a copy of the book.

Published by Lark, "500 Tables" reads like a visual encyclopedia of table design. Chock-full of work by master craftsmen the likes of Gary Knox Bennett, Michael C. Fortune and David Hurwitz, it's sure to keep you inspired as you sail your way through the sawdust.

Good luck!

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Comments (10)

MrHudon MrHudon writes: Congratulations to Mike.
It is not my intent to dispute Mike being the first to answer the question correctly and I apologize if it seems I am splitting hairs but this may be a matter of semantics and keeping history correct. There was a difference between a carriage-maker and a coach-maker, and a coach maker would have used that type of plane.

“American Woodworking Tools” by Paul Kebabian and Dudley Witney
Chapter 7 deals with Wheelwrights and Carriage Makers.
“The Term carriage was frequently used to identify vehicles for carrying people, including the coach, buggy, surrey, phaeton, and other styles.
The Trades, however, distinguished between the carriage-maker, who constructed the wheeled undercarriage, and the coach-maker, who built the coach body attached to, or suspended above the undercarriage. A parallel may be drawn between the relationship of the house carpenter and joiner and that of the carriage-maker and coach-maker: in each case the latter performed more exacting work then the former and used a considerably greater variety of hand tools.”
Then it goes on to explain the difference between the tools used in coach-making and regular joinery is the design of the planes. Coach-makers planes having short soles because all the surfaces worked were shaped in curves of varying degrees. The Coach- Makers Rabbet plane was used on the front and center pillars of the frame to form the recess for the hinged door.

Posted: 9:35 pm on August 10th

mvflaim mvflaim writes: Thanks! I finally win something!
Posted: 10:13 am on August 10th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: Happy Monday folks,

mvflaim, you won yourself a book.


Posted: 9:18 am on August 10th

Blackwill Blackwill writes: Aha! It's a Luthier's Plane, possibly a Luthier's Rabbet Plane or Bunny Plane. (???) Well, it looks like one, anyway...
Posted: 6:42 pm on August 9th

regisand regisand writes: It is a French coachmaker's plane
Posted: 8:53 pm on August 8th

icomba icomba writes: i think this is a instrument makers shoulder plane?
Posted: 9:24 am on August 8th

Blackwill Blackwill writes: Wait...I take that back. I think it's an old Spill Plane.
Posted: 10:18 pm on August 7th

Blackwill Blackwill writes: It looks like an old Coachmaker's Plow plane, due to the shortness of the sole.
Posted: 10:09 pm on August 7th

MrHudon MrHudon writes: A coach makers Rabbet Plane,

A coach maker built the wooden parts (frames,floors, moldings)of coaches, carriages, buggies, railway carriages etc.

Posted: 6:59 pm on August 7th

mvflaim mvflaim writes: A carriage makers rabbet plane.
Posted: 1:12 pm on August 7th

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