I bought another really great plane recently, one I didn’t ever expect to find. As a boy, my then mentor/master George Mycock from Stockport owned a Woden 4 1/2 smoothing plane. In over 40 years I haven’t seen one ever and there I saw one on eBay. How amazing is that!
Bidding was straight forward and as I like to buy planes for future filming this one was one I really wanted and here it is.
The Woden Plane
I had a little bit of flattening to do, which many people do not realise that at some point every plane no matter the maker or the age, must be flattened and, depending on how much and on what the plane is used, will likely need several flattening sessions throughout its lifetime. Plane soles wear. If you plane narrow wood, and we all do, more than flat, wide boards, the center part of the plane wears more than the outer wing sides do, so this must always be corrected.