Monday, November 21, 2011

18th Century Plow?

I won this plow on eBay a week ago. It arrived today. Check out the pics and tell me what you think.

This plane has several characteristics that I would expect to find on 18th century Pennsylvania planes. The wedge finial matches a Pennsylvania molder that I have. The zig-zag border with the initials is also a common feature of Pennsylvania planes. Yet another point is that the D. Fish is branded into the side. According to Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth Century America, this was a common practice for Southeastern Pennsylvania woodworkers.

So, does anyone have any information about the ZW mark? Do any of you have a D Fish plane?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

More pictures of the mystery smoother

Some of you guys requested a few more pics of my new single iron smoother.  I'm still trying to track down information about the iron maker, but with very little information I have little chance of narrowing it down. 

Side shot, 7 1/4" long

Rear 3/4 view

Side view

Tapered wear on the sole

Sole, not traditionally "coffin" shaped

Iron and wedge


If only this plane had a maker stamp or an owner's mark.