More plane truth

Back in 2011 we looked at a plane for shaping wood. It seemed time to look at another. It has come from the Gye workshops, but was not owned by a Gye as we shall see.

Here is the plane.

A plane at Market Lavington Museum

A plane at Market Lavington Museum

There are many people (our curator is one) who love the simple elegance of these old hand tools. This particular plane has been designed to create an attractively shaped moulding as we can see from underneath.

This is a moulding plane for producing a specific shape

This is a moulding plane for producing a specific shape

We can see the oddly curved blade end poking through here, matching the wooden base of the plane and giving an idea of the moulding shape that can be created with this plane.

We can’t date this but it could be late Victorian or maybe early twentieth century.

Like many a carpentry tool, the owner’s name has been stamped in to it. On this plane both ends carry this mark.

The plane once belonged to J Sainsbury

The plane once belonged to J Sainsbury

Here we have the very familiar name of J Sainsbury and we also see what we guess is a maker’s mark – T&W.

Sad to say, we have not identified just which of the many J Sainsburys this one was.

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One Response to “More plane truth”

  1. John Young Says:

    I recall in the 1950’s the firm of J Sainsbury in High Street, Littleton Panell who were builders and undertakers. John Sainsbury (known as Old Mr Sainsbury) had retired and his son Michael (young Mr Sainsbury) was running the business and in fact built our house in 1953. I went to Dauntseys Elementary School at West Lavington with Michael’s son Philip who would now be 67 years old but I don’t think he carried on with the building business. The plane that you have may have belonged to the Sainsbury firm but the anomaly is that their carpenter was a Mr Godden who I would think would have owned his own tools. Anyone else have any thoughts?

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