Last week I bought a toothing plane from a Midwestern tool collector. I’ve always wanted one of these tools, and this one is particularly nice.
Toothing planes are lot like scraping planes: The iron is vertical. What’s different is that toothing plane has a serrated cutting edge , instead of a smooth edge with a tiny hook, like on a scraper plane.
Toothing planes can be used in a couple different ways. Some people use them to flatten a board’s surface. The vertical pitch of the iron prevents tearing in gnarly woods, and the serrated teeth allow you to take a fairly big bite.
Other craftsmen use a toothing plane for traditional veneering jobs with hide glue. The toothing plane would prepare the substrate , flattening it and giving it some “tooth” , before you apply the adhesive and the veneer.
I’ll probably use this tool for both of these sorts of jobs , they’re handy and simple tools. This one was probably made by the craftsman, and the maker was likely German. The “horn” at the toe is a feature of many European planes.
Oh, there’s one other feature of the plane I like:
I wish I had a good story about the origin of this tool, but I don’t. The tool collector who bought it acquired it during a tool swap meet. So there’s no cool history to share , just the mystery of me wondering what sort of work the other “C SCHWARZ” did.
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