30 Dec ECE Moving Fillester Plane from Peck Tools
The German-made plane (item 123-0480, $245) has been newly added to the Peck online catalog, and it is used to cut rabbets across or with the grain. Its hornbeam sole is toothed and glued to a red beech body and the tool measures 9-1/2″ long x 2” wide. Adjustable steel fences set the width of the rabbet to a maximum of 1-5/16″, and the maximum depth is 7/8″ (achieved in several sequential passes). The nicker blade is HSS, has four sharpened edges, and crosscuts the wood fibers ahead of the main iron to prevent tear-out. An Allen wrench is included for removing or tightening the nicker blade attachment screw. The cutting angle of the plane iron is 45-degrees and it is machine sharpened to 25 degrees, but final sharpening (including a secondary bevel if desired) is required. The elegantly simple ECE wood body is a time-tested design that has been coupled with modern manufacturing methods and materials. Before metal adjusters, plane irons were adjusted to very precise tolerances by a simple tap of the iron for a deeper cut. A tap on the heel of this plane reduces the cut. That simple process is still in use around the world and preferred by many craftsmen as an alternative to mechanical adjusters. Wooden planes are also easier to tune and maintain than their metal counterparts, and they require simple woodworking skills and tools.