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Updated: 12 November, 2014
McLaren dovetailed infill hand planes.
Made in Melbourne, Australia.
I found another of the McLaren planes.
Coffin shape, closed handle, and like the other 3 I have, an Australian Blackwood infill.
Another of the McLaren planes has found it way into my collection, this one is an open handle, parallel sided dovetailed smother.
The blade set and lever knob were gone, so I made a knob and fitted a blade set, including the extra spacer on top of the back iron. The handle is also broken and repaired. ( not by me)
I now have 2 coffin shaped and one parallel sided smoother. More pictures of the latest addition below.
click on the images below for a larger picture
A comparison of two different types of Jas. McLaren smoothing planes.
Two rare closed handle, dovetailed steel, coffin shaped infill smoothers made by James McLaren, Melbourne. The hand planes are infilled with Aust. Blackwood, and not surprisingly have a distinctly Scottish look about them.
The one on the right is branded with a school name WMC. Working Man's College started 1887, and since c1926 was called RMIT - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. I studied engineering there about 30 years ago.
Now called the RMIT University,
Identical steel spacer block on each plane riveted to the back iron. Both planes are fitted with a Mathieson parallel iron, and both have an extremely fine throat opening.
Slightly different treatment at the rear base, and on the right the "WMC" branding.
Jas. McLaren stamped on the brass tightening knobs, and front buns of both planes, and the eye of the lever cap on the plane to the left.
Parallel sided infill plane
by Jas. McLaren, Melbourne.
marked on the front of the bun
Link to the HAND TOOL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA web page featuring some more marked McLaren planes, and some attributed to McLaren. www.htpaa.org.au/mclaren.php
Copyright © Peter McBride 2004, 2008