Monday, November 07, 2016

Taths

Hi Folks

A few updates from the workshop...... I've been busy building planes, lots of lovely planes heading out to new owners around the world. Here are a few pics of what I've been up to....





Money....with the British Pound currently weak this is good news for buyers in the USA and around the world. My planes are now even more affordable and if you've been thinking of ordering a plane then now is a great time as it means you are getting almost a 20% discount at the moment. Take advantage while you can :)





I gave a talk at the TATHS (Tools And Trades History Society)  winter meet this Sunday on making traditional wooden planes - its was well received and it was great to meet up with like minded souls! Please check out their website for more details at  taths.org.uk - their museum at Amberley is well worth a visit!

Back to the bench.....

Cheers

Phil

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summertime.....

Hi Folks
I thought you might want to see some of the interesting planes that have been coming out of the workshop in recent weeks. It's hot here as Summer hits home but that doesn't stop me making planes!

First up is the Small Plow plane. This is a very useful tool, one I used to make a lot of a few years ago. So it's now back on the website as a standard production model.



Next up is the Side Bead - this is a very popular plane so I have added some extra sizes. It's now available in 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" so there's one to suit work of any scale.



I've recently completed a Try plane and Coffin Smoother for a customer in Sweden. He wanted to have both planes upgraded with 6mm thick irons over the "standard" 4mm - I was happy to oblige and they turned out great! I make all planes to order so it's easy for me to customise them to your particular needs - just drop me an email!





Finally something quite special. A Smoothing plane with tote, brass lever cap, 6mm thick high carbon steel Iron and a super tough Partridge wood dovetailed sole. Long time readers may well recognise this plane as I used to make something similar years ago and a customer has been chasing me to build one for him - voila!





So there you go, a small selection of the planes that have been heading out of the workshop. With the recent Brexit worries the British Pound has been hit making this a great time for customers from around the world to purchase a plane from me at an even better price than usual - drop me an email at phillyplanes@gmail.com to discuss your needs.

Cheers
Phil

Friday, April 29, 2016

Furniture And Cabinetmaking Profile

Hi Folks
I was very pleased to be featured in the April 2016 issue of Furniture And Cabinetmaking magazine (that's issue 243). Jim Hooker did an excellent job writing an insightful article on my journey on the road of plane making. I hope you enjoy it!






Cheers
Philly

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Books.....

Hi Folks
New to the website is the bookshop - I have a good collection of classic woodworking books, some pretty rare, that I am offering for sale. Check out this page for the list of titles - they are all in excellent condition (most like new) and if you need further information on a title just email me for more information.
Happy woodworking,
Philly


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Update

Hi Folks

I thought a little update to this blog would be useful, the last one being in June. Please don't read that to mean I'm not doing much - in fact, it's the opposite! Things here at Philly Planes have been growing year by year and now, nine years in on my planemaking things are as busy as I could ever have asked for! Orders keep coming in, from customers new and old and I feel honoured to be able to get in the workshop each day and do what I enjoy - making wooden planes!

I've got a couple of new models in the pipeline, although the release date of these depends on how much I can accomplish in my spare time. I've also added a couple of extra sizes to the Side Beads, making that four sizes available now.

This Blog - I find it difficult to sit and write useful content at the end of the day (due to brain fatigue) and have found myself swayed by the ease and immediacy of Instagram and Facebook. Instagram means I can share photo's of what's happening on my bench day by day  - I thoroughly recommend installing this on your phone. There is a huge woodworking community on there and it's simple to get started.

I've made some small updates to the Phillyplanes website - if anyone finds any obvious issues I would appreciate if you could let me know.

2015 has been a great year and I've been able to make a trip to the USA to meet many of my woodworking friends and customers. Woodworking shows are a great opportunity for me to meet customers in the flesh and I hope to get to more shows far and wide in 2016.

Time to get back to the workbench,

Cheers

Philly

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Free Shipping Offer

Hi Folks
This week finds me in the best of moods - it's my birthday, the sun is shining and it's Father's Day! So to pass on the good vibes I'm offering free shipping anywhere in the world on my latest batch of Rosewood Superior Marking gauges. I also have a new batch of Tapered 2" Bench Plane Irons ready to go - these too are offered with free shipping anywhere until this batch is gone.
So get them before they go - strictly first come, first served! Email me at phillyplanes@gmail.com to order.

Cheers
Phil

Monday, June 01, 2015

Instagram

Hi Folks
I'm back in the workshop following our trip to Handworks 2015 (post to follow with the juicy details!). One thing I have been told to get involved with is Instagram so I now have my own little page where I can post photo's on a regular basis. If you use Instagram do follow me and let me know whatever noobish stuff I'm doing wrong ;)
Cheers
Phil
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