What Is A Mitre Plane?

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A Mitre Plane, also spelt as Miter Plane, is a low-angle woodwork plane designed in the first instance for as the name suggests, for fine trimming of mitres.

The mitre plane has a low angle bedding, usually 20 - 35 degrees. Due to the low-angle the plane is suited to fine end-grain work.

It is also important the mitre plane has a fine mouth in order to carry out the fine work.

old spiers mitre plane

Mitre planes are usually fitted with a single plane iron setup.

The mitre plane was originally produced in the form of the wooden mitre plane, believed to be in the 1700's. It then was produced in iron form. The iron mitre plane was first produced as the iron mitre infill plane, sometimes found in gunmetal. Makers of old infill mitre planes include Mathieson, Norris and Spiers Of Ayr.

There have been a couple of recent manufacturers of mitre planes; the Lie Nielsen mitre plane and the Veritas miter plane.

The mitre plane is not a plane which is available in abundance and is considered a specialist plane.

mitre plane mouth

Old Wooden Mitre Plane Makers:

  • Green (John / Iohn)
  • Stokoe

Old Iron Mitre Plane Makers:

New Mitre Plane Makers:

  • Bill Carter
  • Holtey
  • Veritas


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