Reviewed By: I.Ball
Category: Old Wooden Planes
Tool Type: Wooden Planes
Plane Type: Drip
The wooden drip plane was a special plane designed to create a drip
well usually under a window-cill / window-sill.
The plane consisted of a wooden body, wooden wedge and a cutter with a rounded edge for planing a groove.
The drip well is a groove underneath usually a window-cill running horizontal to the wall.
The groove created by the plane is also referred to as a drip well, drip channel or drip groove.
The purpose of the drip well is to stop any water run-off from getting under the window-cill. Any water which reaches the underneath will hit the drip well and drip off the window-cill at that point helping to keep water away from the building.
Typically the drip groove is set about 5mm - 20mm back.
Over the years I have seen old wooden drip planes often in a variety of designs, quite often made from a variety of timber, unlike most British moulding planes which usually are made from Beech.
I am struggling to recall coming across an old wooden drip plane with a manufacturer mark which suggests a lot of these were user made. I'm sure there must have been manufacturer's who made this type of plane.
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