Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Glass Check? More Likely an Adjustable Groove Plane

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Glass Check? More Likely an Adjustable Groove Plane

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Plane Chatter

Greenslade plane owned by Fred Hostetter proved to be difficult to identify. Earlier in this column (The Chronicle, Vol. 55, No. 2, June 2002), it was postulated to be a glass check plane. The request for information on similar tools produced two responses. John Ross reported an almost identical plane signed by Marshall (Glasgow). The rear marking ("3" on the plane earlier reported) is "I" on this one. It bears the marks of two owners and has been well-used. The surfacing of the second tool of this type rebuts the earlier suggestion that the tool was special and made-to-order.

The report of a matched pair of planes made by Joseph Marples (York) (Figure 1) provided the key to a better identification. Our thanks to John Jones, Shrewsbury, England, for providing this information as well as the photograph.

Mr. Jones offers a convincing diagnosis of the tool as an adjustable tongue plane. The plane on the right of the photograph is identical in function to the one previously shown, save for a slightly thinner upper sole which results in less projection for the tongue. …

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