Wooden Drip Planes

wooden drip plane
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Reviewed By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Various

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.

old wooden window cill drip plane

What Is The Purpose Of A Drip Well / 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.

How Far Back Should A Drip Well / Drip Groove Be?

Typically the drip groove is set about 5mm - 20mm back.

Different Types Of Drip Planes?

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.

old wooden window sill drip plane

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.

old wooden drip plane
old wooden drip plane

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