Wooden Badger Planes

old wooden badger plane
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Various

Tool Type: Wooden Planes

Plane Type: Badger

The old British wooden badger plane is a rebate / rabbet plane fitted with a skewed plane iron.

The badger plane at first glance looks like an old wooden fore plane however on closer inspection it can be seen there is a small window on one side of the plane which reveals the blade.

It can also be seen the plane blade, cap iron and wedge are skewed. The blade is also slightly angled so that the cutter is able to reach the window in the planes side in order to be able to cut right along the corner of the rebate.

Wooden badger planes are usually in the region of 15 - 17 inches long and are usually 75mm (3 inch) – 85mm (3 3/8 inch) wide. They were produced with an open handle and a closed handle. From what I have observed most have an open handle design.

old wooden badger plane

The badger plane is designed for rebate / rabbet work and panel work, particularly for long rebate / panel work.

The wooden badger plane was also produced in an infill version.

I believe beyond the old wooden badger plane versions and the old badger plane versions there were no mainstream badger planes produced by large manufacturers.

The reason the badger plane design wasn’t produced by the main iron plane manufacturers was probably because other similar iron planes were produced such as the Stanley 10 carriage makers plane and the Stanley 289 skew rabbet plane.

Old Badger Plane Manufacturers

There are a number of manufacturers of old badger planes, below is a list of some of the makers:

old wooden badger plane sole underneath

Green (Iohn)
Preston (Edward)

The manufacturer's mark (if present) can virtually always be found on the front nose of the plane. If the plane is quite mucky or you hadn’t realised, this is the place to look to identify who made it and if you wish to delve deeper there are a few books out there to help identify the age of the plane.

The authority of these books has to be W L Goodman’s ‘British Planemakers fom 1700 – third edition’ book but be prepared to pay some money for this book as it is no longer available to buy new (at the time of writing this) and secondhand copies of the book are in demand.


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