Posted 6 years ago
Most planes are used to remove material from a piece of wood that make the planed piece better in fit and function.
Not so with a spill plane. The purpose of a spill plane is to make a spill. The chips, or spills that are planed off are the end product.
A piece of wood strip is run across the top surface of the plane and spiral strips of wood are slivered off.
These spills were placed on Victorian dinner tables in "spill vases" and after dinner, when the ladies moved to the parlor to have tea and cake, the men would use these spills and the table candles, to light their cigars and they then could have their business discussions while smoking a cigar and not disturbing the ladies,
Spill planes were made in many different styles(some even out of metal), This plane is one that I made and is designed after a Bethlehem, PA style. Most were made from maple or walnut, but I didn't want anybody thinking that this was on original plane, so, when my good friend Bill Philips lent me his original Bethlehem plane so that I could copy it, I signed it with my name and constructed it out of oak. The last photo shows some spill that I made with my plane