Alex Mathieson & Son Glasgow Wooden Skew Rebate (Rabbet) Plane 1 1/8 Inch

19th Century
Wood & Steel
24cm toe to heel
Standard Parcel
£ 8
A 1 1/8 inch wooden skew rebate plane from well known maker Alex Mathieson & Son of Glasgow. Makers stamp to toe of plane and also on iron.
Plane shows usual signs of age related wear, including a chip out of one side, but has good colour and still very useable. Iron will need sharpening before use.
The firm of Alexander Mathieson & Sons was founded in 1792 and was one of the leading makers of hand tools in Scotland. Its success went hand in hand with the growth of the shipbuilding industries on the Firth of Clyde in the nineteenth century and the emergence of Glasgow as the "second city of the Empire". It also reflected the firm‘s skill in responding to an unprecedented demand for quality tools by shipyards, cooperages and other industries, both locally and far and wide.
The rebate plane (also known as the rabbet plane) is a hand plane designed for cutting rabbets in wood. It‘s a simple tool used in many Western countries with hundreds of years of history. It was in use in England at least as early as the 11th century. Rebate planes are intended for long grain cutting and are generally set up to remove large amounts of material quickly. The mouth is set quite coarsely to allow large chips to be removed.