This week I finally had opportunity to get the
plane tested by Douglas Coates of
England who is not only one of this country’s fine craftsmen
in wood… but a good friend and a very honest critic of things
wood in general… so I knew his views during testing would not be
His workshop in the heart of Sevenoaks is ideal for the test
because it’s a “proper” workshop... unlike mine which is more
akin to the set of Steptoe and Son!
So here is “Richard” ready for testing… sitting next to a rather
nice toothing plane from my friend Stewie in Australia… which we
were also playing with.
Douglas works predominantly in English oak and so that would be
the wood of choice for testing… along with some beautiful
figured London Plane which he had. So quite a selection of test
First… to lube up the perfectly flat sole to give it some slick
over the cut…this sole is flat to within a few microns over the
entire area so it tends to act as a vacuum cleaner when you
place it on anything flat!
This candle wax made all the difference and it fair shot along…
Obviously we needed to set the iron a bit…but even with this
super coarse cut…
…the 5 mm O1 tools steel iron and 3 mm specially designed cap
iron…didn’t even flinch! Veneer anyone?