Object Name
Plane, Grooving
Date Made
c. 1860
Wood --Metal
Catalogue Number

L: 24.0cm W: 6.5cm H: 14.4cm
a- L: 24.0cm W: 6.5cm H: 9.5cm
b- L: 16.0cm W: 2.8cm H: 0.8cm
c- L: 18.3cm W: 2.6cm H: 0.4cm


A groove plane consisting of 3 parts.
a- The body is made of a dark brown hardwood and is shaped like a rectangular prism. There is a wide cheek protruding from the bottom half of the front and back sides. A sliding fence sits below the back cheek. It consists of a rectangular block of wood secured by two adjustable screws. The height of the fence my be adjusted by tuning these screws. The sole of the plane is flat with a single groove to accommodate the shape of the iron. Stamps on the toe read: "McVICAR/PERTH"; "I BLOWER"; "W.M. MARTIN". Stamp on the heel reads "I BLOWER".
b- The wedge is made of a similar hardwood to the body. It tapers to a point on one end and is rounded on the other. The long edge is beveled. A small cutout near the head acts as a handle.
c- The iron is a long thin piece of dark grey metal. It abruptly widens near the cutting edge. The cutting edge is convex, with the apex 0.5cm from the fence of the plane. The cutting width is 1 inch. Stamp on the tail end reads "(THUS/B.BOTSON)?"


Sliding grooving planes are used to cut straight grooves into a workpiece. A sliding fence can be adjusted to change the depth of the cut. Grooving planes are often used in drawers or flooring as they can reach the edge of a surface.