Roman plane replica

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 04-29-2009 08:15 PM 6953 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my blog showing the construction and historical details of this re-construction. The iron and wedge are purely conjectural as these parts did not survive being in the bog for nearly 2000 years.

I had great difficulty over the location of the cross-pin with respect to the back ramp. No matter how I scaled off the various dimensions from archaeologist’s drawings and photographs, the gap seemed insufficient to take both the iron and a wedge. So in this model, both pin and ramp locations may be a few mm different from the original. As that’s in Denmark I doubt that the two will ever be side by side to check on this!

The zig-zag marks are hardly visible on the original in 2009, but are shown on drawings made soon after the plane’s discovery in the 1860s.

The long mouth as shown in photograph #3 is just like the original (about 1” long). The off centre hollow in the sole reflects that of the original too.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 11:33 PM


A great reconstruction of a past woodworking tool.

It’s very interesting to see this come to completion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 11:48 PM

Facinating; was it used for rounding spokes or such? The groove is so pronounced it makes you wonder.

Oops! Sorry—I should’ve read your post first about its function.

-- Now, where did I put those bandaids?

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 12:02 AM

thanks stewart, If I ever get around to making a set of hollow and round planes I think I might use this as a styling idea.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 01:28 AM

BOFO! Nicely done.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 01:42 AM

That is totally wicked!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#6 posted 04-30-2009 02:03 AM

awesome….just awesome.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 04-30-2009 03:28 AM

unusual design and wonderful recreation

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#8 posted 04-30-2009 04:52 AM

Very nice Yorkie! Great job!

I really like that scale in the first picture. Where did you get it?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 04-30-2009 11:47 AM

Great project. You did a superb job with it.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#10 posted 04-30-2009 02:22 PM

Thanks everyone.

Gary said: ”Very nice Yorkie! Great job!

I really like that scale in the first picture. Where did you get it?

A friend brought it back from New Zealand some years ago; all of the timber samples are named on the back. It also says: ” AOTEAROA Land of the Long White Cloud – Timber Arts”

Perhaps a member from ‘down under’ can come up with a source.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#11 posted 04-30-2009 03:02 PM

Very nice. I read your blog. This is a great project. Thanks for posting!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 04-30-2009 08:17 PM

Very nice! And thanks for a bit of woodworking history education.

-- Scott

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#13 posted 05-08-2009 11:36 PM

Great piece of history Stewart.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 06-03-2009 07:33 PM

I love it. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#15 posted 07-28-2009 01:14 AM

That is beautiful work. It strikes me as somewhat nautical. The triangles on the sides look like water and the lashings on top look like a new world kayak’s lashings to store equipment. Also the prows are remicent of the bifurcated bows of those bidarkas. Or viking or egyptian or phoenician bows and sterns. Any way I think you know what I’m saying. It probably was made by a ship builder. What do you think? When was the original dated to? Again beautiful work.

-- ego sum quis ego sum

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