Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 3
   January 2013
 
   From the Collection
 

Erlandsen Miter Plane
Erlandsen miter plane

When searching for the appropriate tool and finding no suitable solution, hobbyists, tradespeople and even tool designers resort to basic human nature: they devise a purpose-built device that can do the required task in an expedited manner. Sometimes the lifespan of the item is short. Other times, it becomes a staple item in the arsenal of all craftspeople and a source for imitations and improved versions.

Piano makers and other craftspeople who work to fine tolerances have always demanded tools that can produce repeatable results in the assembly of complex wooden structures of exceptional quality. During the 1840 to 1900 period, a distinctive group of five Manhattan toolmakers, machinists and inventors took up the challenge to create such tools. Each had a background in precision metalwork (machining) and each became responsible for finely crafted specialized metal planes, primarily miter, rabbet (rebate) and shoulder, and other specialized tools marketed to the piano makers' trade. The proximity of the toolmakers to the end users allowed for custom fabrications to suit individual tastes.
 
 
         
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