Cover-worthy: Jim Leamy Plow Plane

Plow Plane

For subscribers who’ve obtained their copy of the February
2015 difficulty of Standard Woodworking Journal, you’re
forgiven for those who didn’t discover the piece of furnishings on the
cowl and have become fixated on the plow airplane sitting on high of
the piece of furnishings.

The plow is a masterpiece of ebony, brass and metal made by Jim
Leamy, a long-time planemaker. And it’s one in all my most prized

I requested Leamy to make it for me after seeing his work and
assembly him on the store of John Sindelar, a woodworker and power
collector. Whereas the device is predicated on a historic mannequin, my
guess is that the unique device wasn’t designed for every day use.
Weighing eight lbs. eight oz. (a bit of bit greater than a Lie-Nielsen No.
7 jointer) it wears me out to make use of it.

Plow Plane

However that doesn’t imply it’s ineffective. Removed from it. I take advantage of it
nearly each day.

It sits in my workplace inside simple attain, and I decide it up all
the time to fiddle with its centerwheel and manipulate its
knurled knobs. I’m consistently in awe of the way in which Jim match the
ebony and brass collectively, plus the way in which the whole lot works –
actually – like clockwork.

It’s, fairly merely, inspiration to do higher work.

Leamy makes instruments which might be designed for every day work as effectively,
from infill smoothing planes to rabbet planes and
tongue-and-groove planes.

His web site is deactivated, however you’ll be able to learn extra about his
work here
. In case you are occupied with reaching him to fee a
airplane, contact him at

— Christopher Schwarz

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