From the Workshop

October 4, 2009

Window to my Workshop 27

Spiers Style Shoulder plane - 3


I seem to have misplaced a few pictures along the way here but the blog is only intended as a glimpse of what goes on.


28 Spiers style shoulder plane

At this stage with the plane temporarily assembled I drill through the horn and the bridge with a pilot drill.


29 Spiers style shoulder plane

After the pilot hole is made then I bore a clearance hole and stop before the bridge.  Then I put a counter bore in for the retention of the front end of the infill.


30 Spiers style shoulder plane


31 Spiers style shoulder plane

With all the boring done then the thread can be cut through the bridge.


32 Spiers style shoulder plane

This picture shows the bore and thread.


34 Spiers style shoulder plane

There is a lot of work not shown now – the shaping of the horn in the front infill, polishing of the edges and chamfers, including the polishing and flushing of the bridge and blending in with the horn.  This is the most critical part of the job and all the pictures are missing.

 After final assembly; the picture shows the flushing of all the peining and dovetails to the sides.


35 Spiers style shoulder plane

 Dovetails being flushed from the bottom.


39 Spiers style shoulder plane

The drilling through the rivet and sleeve via the adjuster recess prior to tapping for retaining the adjuster.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your work Karl, I’m absolutely loving the blog and can’t wait to see what you’re going to be posting next. The attention to detail in your work is downright scary!! (lol)

    Comment by Steve C — October 7, 2009 @ 3:36 am

  2. As I possess one of these Spiers/Holtey shoulder planes its very satisfying to observe just how much effort goes into crafting them. I have an ebony one and very pretty it is too! I can say how absolutly delighted I am with it as well. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Now Ime back from my (unfourtunatly extended adventures abroard) I look forward to catching up with my freinds who also collect Holteys and get back to my weekly updates from Karls wonderfull blog. Keep em coming Karl.

    Comment by Dave — October 11, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

  3. Karl – I just found your site by way of “Wood Talk Online” – the podcast by Marc Spagnuolo and Matt Vanderlist. I am simply amazed at your work. I am of limited skills but certainly admire the beauty and functionality of your planes.

    Besides the still photos, do you have any videos of how you work / how you make these? I’m sure a student at a nearby school would be able to assist you with both shooting and editing. It would be wonderful to watch.

    Beautiful, just beautiful. One day I hope to be worthy of putting one of your planes to actual use and give it a life for which it was made.

    Comment by Grantman — October 12, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  4. Hi Steve

    Thanks for your comments. I am also waiting to see what I am going to post next!


    Comment by admin — October 13, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  5. Hi Dave

    I was sorry to hear about your troubles abroad and pleased to see you back.


    Comment by admin — October 13, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  6. Hi Grantman

    Thank you for your compliments. The still photos are a compromise time wise because I find the plane making alone takes up 100% of my time. The purpose of the blog is just to give people a glimpse into my work. Also there is a lot of information missing as I forget to take photos, but there is still enough to tell the story and it is not supposed to be a step by step how to do.


    Comment by admin — October 13, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

  7. karl,
    In picture 6 you appear to be flushing the dovetails and rivets. But I cannot help wondering why the rear infill is not riveted and peined at this stage ? I am absolutely sure that you will as always have a very good reason for this. But me being me I would like to know what that very good reason might be ?
    Oh and may I just welcome Dave back from his big adventure !!! I also look forward to catching up with him very soon.

    Comment by Archie — October 16, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

  8. Hi Archie

    I usually leave the fitting of the rear infill until after the peining and riveting, as then I can set the bed height in the confidence that nothing is going to change or move. To do this I temporarily fit the wedge with rivet in place (unpeined) so I can mark out the bed line, then I remove the wedge so I can plane down to the bed line. Also I take an intermediate skim off the sides. This assists in my work holding for the drilling and tapping of the two screws that secure the adjuster. This is done through the last rivet and spacer.

    There is a lot of missing information in this blog but I don’t think anyone is the wiser for knowing this. This plane is definitely the most difficult plane I make.


    Comment by admin — October 18, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  9. hello,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

    Comment by black hattitude — October 31, 2009 @ 3:39 am

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