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    What is my joiner plane made of?

    Now that I see the handle it definitely looks like a European style plane - similar to the ECE Primus planes. Hard to say what the wood for the handle is, but pear is a possibility.
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    A question for planemakers - Secondary bevels on dovetailed plane

    Not as much as you would think, actually. Though I guess it's all a bit subjective. Let me add a little backstory to this that only a couple of people know about. Firstly, the thumb plane sides and sole were not actually made by me, but by a guy named Gil Rogers who lives in Melbourne...
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    Mr Punch first appearance (I.Sorby).

    To be fair, Geoffrey Tweedale states that the first (known) appearance is from an 1816 trade directory, however that does not mean that the company did not originate six years earlier. I'm of the opinion that the date of 1810 is probably correct - but it's only my opinion. Also, the original...
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    What is my joiner plane made of?

    The toe has a slightly European look to it, so it's likely to be made from hornbeam if that's the case. However, if you can confirm that it is of English make then birch is a good candidate. It's definitely not beech or pear at any rate.
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    Spiers number 1...blinged

    The pin holes in the metalwork won't really devalue the plane at all. Rounding over the edges, however, will - as well as any re-furbished shellac, but if you use it for a few years and wear it down a bit then most people will be none the wiser. As for how much metal has been removed it's not...
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    Turner, Naylor & Co "Northern" Grooving Plane

    Hi Matthew. These are later plane irons - from the 1920's/30's to the 1950's. The affiliation with Marples went back a long way - possibly as far back as the early 1860's. Even after Marples bought Turner, Naylor & Co. outright in 1909/10 the company continued to trade as a standalone, largely...
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    Turner, Naylor & Co "Northern" Grooving Plane

    Sorry about that, Carl. I've edited the post so it should look fine now. Yeah, unfortunately I think precise dates can be a bit hit and miss sometimes, but I would say that most of the "I. SORBY" marked chisels you see would be from the 1870's onwards. Later ones from the 1950's & 1960's are...
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    Turner, Naylor & Co "Northern" Grooving Plane

    Hrem. This is my site and I did state that it's a work in progress. I've been writing a book on I. Sorby/Turner, Naylor & Co. for almost three years. Most of the information - if not all - will also be available on the site once the book is published. Yes, these were planes made at the...
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    sorby planes / marples planes

    It's a little bit more complicated than that. The basic gist is that Turner, Naylor & Co. started making the Stanley-type planes from the Northern Tool Works (John Street, Sheffield) in 1932, just after Record introduced their range of planes (new tariffs on imported tools and a "Buy British"...