Variable-pitch Jack Plane

This jack plane can be easily set to work at 45° for rough work or 52° for smoothing chores.

By John Wilson
Pages: 48-53

From the April 2011 issue #189
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The story of this plane goes back 20 years to a chance encounter I had with a Cecil Pierce jack plane. Pierce was a planemaker in Maine who made beautiful planes for more than 50 years. Just a one-man operation, an avocation really, for the love of the craft. I saw the plane while on the road in a shop where I was teaching and its shape captivated me. I drew its plan. I was to the point of asking if I might buy it. I was smitten.

Article: Read a profile of John Wilson and tour his shop.
Video: Watch a short video that shows this plane in use.
Web site: Discover John Wilson’s The Home Shop.
To buy:The Perfect Edge” by Ron Hock – a great book on sharpening.
In our store: Handplane Basics – A Better Way to Use Bench Planes.

From the April 2011 issue #189
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