Smoothing Plane, Leveling Plane

Object ID
2019.004.002
Category
Tools and Equipment for Communication, Woodworking T&E
Date Made
circa 1900
Materials
wood
Place Made
England
Related vessels
St. Roch
History of Use
Before sandpaper became common, woodworkers used smoothing planes as a final finishing tool. Held with both hands, the blade can be adjusted to a tight opening which reduces tear-out of the grain and allows only very fine strips of wood to be shaved. This plane would have been used for the cabinetry and finishing work found in the galley and cabins of St. Roch.