Object Name
Plane, Fillister
Wood --Metal
Catalogue Number

L: 23.8cm W: 5.9cm H: 16.6cm
a- L: 23.8cm W: 5.9cm H: 8.8cm
b- L: 16.0cm W: 2.5cm H: 1.0cm
c- L: 19.7cm W: 1.6cm H: 0.3cm


A fillister grooving plane consisting of 3 parts.
a- The body is rectangular and made of a brown hardwood. A cheek protrudes from the bottom 2/3 of the front and back body. The throat cuts diagonally through the body just right of centre and is exposed through the front cheek. The sole is flat, with an adjustable wooden fence along the back edge. The fence is secured by two slotted screws and metal plates. Stamps on the toe read: "MANNERS"; "J.HUTTON"; "I BLOWER". A stamp on the heel reads "I BLOWER". A stamp on the viewer's right side of the front body reads "J.HUTTON".
b- The wedge is made of the same hardwood as the body. It tapers to a point on one end and is rounded on the other in an elliptical form. A shallow cut-out below the head allows for easy handling.
c- The iron is a narrow strip of dark grey metal. It abruptly widens near the cutting edge. The cutting edge is flat and slightly angled. The width of the cut is 5/8".


Grooving planes are used to cut straight grooves, or rabbets, into a working piece. They are traditionally used for drawer bottoms or rear walls. They can be used in conjunction with a corresponding tonguing plane, which creates two parallel slits in a piece of wood. These create two pieces that fit together perfectly for joining work. The term "fillister" refers to a plane with an adjustable fence or that is otherwise adjustable along the width.