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Snipe Bill Planes

SwartzWuest's picture

Can anybody explain what Snipe Bill planes are? I'm getting the impression that they are similar or are wooden versions of side rabbet planes.

KiddervilleAcres's picture

(post #104238, reply #1 of 3)

Google is your friend: http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS240&q=Snipe+Bill+planes


Regards, 


 


Bob @ Kidderville Acres


A Woodworkers mind should be the sharpest tool in the shop!

Bob @ Kidderville Acres

A Woodworkers mind should be the sharpest tool in the shop!

Steinmetz's picture

(post #104238, reply #2 of 3)

These 'Snipe Bill' planes are older wood planes
which run the gamut of beading/molding/rebating etc etc

The term Snipe Bill refers to the peculiar shape of the wedge that secures the plane iron in place. A snipe is a sea bird which has a similar long, narrow 'Bill'.
Steinmetz.


Edited 2/27/2008 8:37 pm ET by Steinmetz

lwilliams's picture

(post #104238, reply #3 of 3)

here's a photo of snipes bill planes:


http://www.handplane.com/Planemaker-Gallery/details.php?image_id=71


they're not side rabbet planes and should never drift to the side when cutting but should "sink" their profile or just the initial portion of their profile


there's more information on the use of these in Don McConnell's  DVD:


http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?grp=1320