Norris 3 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Infill Planes
Extra Info: What is a Smoothing Plane?
Plane Type: Infill
Model No: 3
The Norris 3 plane is 7 5/8" long dovetailed infill smoothing plane.
The Norris no. 3 is fitted with a Norris London parallel iron plane blade, a Norris London cap iron, and a Norris London gunmetal screw cap.
The plane body on the number 3 is referred to as a parallel side body. The plane body is also referred to as dovetailed; the name given to a body where the sole has been joined to the sides with the use of dovetail joints. The dovetails can usually faintly be seen at the base of the plane sides and sole.
The plane is stuffed with Rosewood infills which consist of a front
bun and an open rear handle.
This plane usually has quite a deep mouth to cater for the thick Norris cutter.
The Norris planes were the 'Rolls Royce' of their day and are still considered in high esteem today.
The most distinguishing features of the Norris no. 3 which differ to the most common Norris A5 plane are: it doesn't have a blade adjuster, it has an open rear handle and it has parallel sides.
194mm (7 5/8")
"Norris London," - found on the face of the gunmetal securing cap.
"Norris London" - found on the cap iron.
"Norris London" - found on the top of the blade.
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