Peter McBride
Melbourne, Australia.

Updated :- 03 April, 2010 

 

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GALLERY OF TOOLS

I've made or restored
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PLANE MAKING PAGES
Dovetailed bench rebate plane
 Dovetailed smoother 
Skew mouth rebate chariot
Skew shoulder
#1 size small infill plane 
Bullnose chariot, engraved
 Bullnose, before the engraving
Small scraper plane
Study of  Spiers dovetails
Side rebate plane
Square thread tap for lever cap screws

RESTORING TOOLS

Steel bases on brass planes
Spiers handle repair
Beech brace chuck repair

MINIATURES
Infill Panel plane
Stanley #1

OTHER TOOLS
Brass annealing
 Mallets

  Tool Making and Restoration
My aim is to make tools I can use. I generally take my inspiration from some of the magnificent tools made in the mid to late 1800's, when decoration on a tool was there for it own sake, and perhaps to inspire the user. Steel, brass and exotic woods combine to make beautiful tools that are a pleasure to use in my workshop, and hopefully an heirloom for my family to have and to use for many generations.
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Dovetailed steel and brass chariot plane with a Walnut wedge - by Peter McBride.
Engraved sides by Nick Karagulidis - Melbourne, Australia.

The next plane was the Skew mouth Chariot, a plane I wanted to use on tenon cheeks. Once I started it, I quickly found it was a very difficult plane to get everything in the right place at the right angle.

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Fabricated small scraper plane in brass and steel with a Lightwood knob by Peter McBride

  The bullnose chariot, left, was the first dovetailed plane I made. It's something I had wanted to make for many years. I thought it would be a fun project, but wasn't prepared for the additional level of pleasure to be had by using the plane on woodwork projects.

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Dovetailed steel and brass skew mouth chariot plane with a Walnut infill and wedge by Peter McBride

Most plane makers don't fabricate using brass, steel and silver solder, but I thought it might suite this next plane I made. A copy of the Stanley # 212 small scraper plane. This plane has a steel base lead soldered onto the bottom, done in the same way as the restoration of these planes below, a smoother and two rebate planes. The soldering of the bases to the planes, and restoration process can be seen here.