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Ray Iles

Ray Iles

Ray Iles was one of the last people to learn the trade of toolmaking from the little mesters of Sheffield. As well as being one of the country's foremost authorities on 20th century tools, Ray also makes a superb range of new replacement cutting irons, green woodworking and chairmaking tools from his workshops in Lincolnshire.
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    Footprint Tools block plane iron 1-5/8 inch (42mm)

    £8.40
    Sheffield made O1 carbon steel replacement block plane iron to fit Footprint block planes. The hole in the centre is just a hair under the size required for the older Stanley and Record models with a ten groove adjustment mechanism, nothing a little judicious filing won't sort out. The grinding is a little bit coarser than we are used to, but the hardness is perfectly acceptable at RC60 and given the excellent price it would have been rude ...
  2. Footprint Tools Thin Plane Iron 1-3/4 inch

    £14.40
    Sometimes a plane iron just has to be thin, replacement blades for compass planes for example, where the frog is non-adjustable and the sole is riveted around the mouth so it cannot be filed to accommodate a thicker iron. Or very early US made Stanley models which had perilously thin irons and modification would be detrimental to the value of the tool. This Sheffield made O1 plane iron is 2.2mm thick, the grinding is a little bit coarser than ...
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