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July 25, 2008

W.W.Richey, Louisville, Kentucky Coffin Smoother

Filed under: Hand Planing,Laid Steel Tools,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 9:08 am

Now I have had this plane for some time, I had a thin Stanley blade for it but it wasn’t right, way too thin leaving a gaping mouth.  It is a single iron plane and the new irons just didn’t fit right, nor look good.

Coffin Smoother

Here is the touch-mark, The owners name is stamped above.Touchmark


So I put the fine laid steel blade I got from Galoot-Tools and it was almost too thick, but left just enough mouth to cut, and cut it did.  The wedge rode a little high out of the throat but it did hold it in place.

I just planed a bit with this as the plane is probably worth some money, so I don’t want to use it much.  I have 4 or 5 other coffin smoother’s, so I really don’t need another one.  That will not stop me from getting another one if the price is right.  This plane was a gift from a lawyer friend of mine, I hope he doesn’t find out how much it is worth.

Smith single iron

I also used the Joseph Smith Sheffield iron in this plane, the blade was thinner, so a wider mouth and the wedge fit better.  It also planed a piece of pine nice and smooth.  I think I will find out what it is worth and



  1. I notice you’re holding that workpiece between dogs using the tail vise…. 🙂

    Sorry, just _had_ to point that out. 🙂

    It looks like the blog entry got cut off… it stops in mid sentence.

    I’ve never used a wooden plane. I’ve considered making some… a matched pair of plank-planes, perhaps, for putting tongue and groove edges on board for cabinet backs… that kind of thing.


    Comment by Metalworker Mike — July 25, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

  2. M.Mike,

    Caught me on the dogs, just testing the plane, no technical planing there, hehe.

    You should really try wooden planes, they have a better center of gravity and are not cold in the winter time.

    And yes it did get cut off, I had problems this morning with my connection. What I intended to say after ‘and’ was suppose to be ‘put it up for sale.’


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 25, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

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