Wooden Scotia Moulding Planes

wooden scotia moulding plane
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Various

Tool Type: Wooden Planes

Plane Type: Scotia Moulding


The old British wooden scotia moulding planes had a hardwood body, a steel plane cutter and a hardwood wedge.

The planes were nearly always made from beech as this was the hardwood that was commonly available in Britain.

The wooden scotia moulding planes were made in a variety of widths.

A wooden scotia moulding plane cutter has a cutting edge profile which mirrors the round part of the plane sole.

old wooden scotia moulding planes

The plane has a window to one side of the cutter and above the cutter to allow the shavings to escape as the wood is planed.

There have been hundreds of different wooden plane manufacturers of wooden scotia planes since 1700. Below is a list of some of the wooden plane manufacturers:

Preston (Edward)
..many others

old wooden planes - scotia

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.

Most planes also have an owner's name or many owner's names stamped into the front of the plane; these can often be easily spotted as they have been stamped more than once on the plane.

If you wish to delve deeper there are a few books out there to help identify the age of the plane(s).

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.

wooden scotia mould profile plane

The scotia mould has been and still is a very common mould, it is quite probably more common today than ever.

The place a scotia mould is probably most often seen in a building is a mould by the skirting boards, particularly the join where laminate flooring meets the skirting.

old wooden scotia moulding planes

Manufactured Dates

<1700 - 1950's>

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