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April 12, 2012

Plow Plane from Columbia

A friend of mine brought this back from Columbia several years ago and has decided to sell it as it has no blades nor a wedge.  I told him I would try and find its age/origin and sell it for him.








It is an unusual plow plane with a rather large fence [two piece box joint] and a handle that is dovetailed into the body.







The plane appears to be made of birch, the handle and wear side of the fence appears to be hornbeam.






It has an iron skate with a brass plate for the screws, it also has an adjustable iron depth stop in good working order.









You can see the box joint between the wear plate [hornbeam] and the fence [birch]. also note the finger groove in the bottom of the fence.

I will make a wedge and supply one blade with the plane when I sell it for my friend.

Anyone know anything about this plane?



  1. Germanic without a doubt. Although there isn’t a name stamp on it, some times there was a paper label on the body. A blade would have provided some clue but alas, there is none. In checking two catalogs of German makers, I can say with certainty it’s of German design. Which means it could have come from most any European country as German companies sold to craftsmen all over the place.

    Of course, Thomas Martin may have something to say about this too.

    Comment by Gary Roberts — April 12, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  2. I’d say German too. I have a fillester plane that is very similar that I found on Ebay when I lived there. Laminated blade that you’d love.

    Comment by Brian Anderson — April 13, 2012 @ 12:24 am

  3. hello Stephen, living near to de border with germany .. there’s a great “old tools museum”
    it’s german a “baldauf plane”
    look at the link …and see a lot of more collected old tools 😉


    gr Edward

    Comment by Edward — April 13, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  4. I translate this store’s website, but anyway, here is the modern version:

    http://www.fine-tools.com/G301053.htm, “Nuthobel” in German.

    Comment by Brian Anderson — April 16, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  5. ‘Columbia’ SC? or Colombia the country?

    Comment by robert michael — April 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  6. German it is. From Columbia the country.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 23, 2012 @ 7:40 am

  7. It’s a great piece, I love it’s robust solid look. It makes me regret not keeping my father’s tools, he worked as a carpenter all his life, he gave me his tools when he retired, unfortunately I was a know it all young lady and believed the future was with power tools. The ignorance of youth.

    Comment by Shaun — May 2, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

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