Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Wooden Planes
Tool Type: Wooden Planes
Plane Type: Badger
The old British wooden badger plane is a rebate / rabbet plane fitted
with a skewed
The badger plane at first glance looks like an old wooden jack / 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.
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.
There are a number of manufacturers of old badger planes, below is a list of some of the makers:
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 (at the time of writing this) has to be Jane Rees 'British Planemakers - 4th Edition'. The 'British Planemakers fom 1700 - Third Edition' is also good if you come across a secondhand copy.
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