Wooden Compass Planes

wooden compass plane
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Manufacturer: Various

Tool Type: Wooden Planes

Plane Type: Compass

The old British non-adjustable wooden compass planes were basically a wooden smoothing plane with the sole moulded in a curve (convex).

These wooden compass planes were designed for use planing concave curves.

As these wooden compass planes were non-adjustable a user may have a few different compass planes with different curvatures.

There were numerous wooden compass plane makers however it was also straight forward and common for a woodworker to transform a smoothing plane into the desired profiled compass plane by re-shaping the sole.



It is difficult to judge whether a compass plane is an original compass plane or a compass plane which has been converted from a wooden smoothing plane into a compass plane, either way it makes very little difference.

In addition to the non-adjustable style wooden compass planes there is an adjustable wooden compass plane.

The wooden compass planes were eventually replaced by iron compass planes such as the
Stanley 113 compass plane and Stanley 20 compass plane to name a few. Wooden compass planes were still sold and used for a long period when the iron compass planes were available.

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