|The plane, as found|
|The D. R. Barton logo|
The back end of this plane is stamped "24", which was probably a catalog number for Barton's skewed rabbet planes. This number was probably not for a specific size of rabbet plane. I had seen a picture of another D. R. Barton skewed rabbet plane, stamped on back with "1 1/8" (the width) and the number "24"; my rabbet plane is about 1 1/2" wide. It's possible that the width was originally stamped on the back, but it seems the back end has been hammered a few times too many and no mark can be seen.
|Catalog no.? 24|
|Width across the sole|
|Chatter marks on the sole|
|Skew angle approximately 24°|
The cutting angle (the bed angle) is about 47-48°, though due to the skew, the effective cutting angle will be something a little less than that.
|The bed angle|
|The bed line begins about 3" from the toe|
|On the other side, due to the skew angle, the bed line is about 3 5/8" back from the toe|
|View of top of plane - toe is towards top|
|Just documenting some escapement dimensions|
|The curve starts with about 11/16" radius and gets progressively greater|
|Right side of the lower mortise area|
|The conical escapement starts 3/4" from the sole and|
top of escapement area is 2 1/4" from sole
The 5 3/4" long wedge is usable, but is in tough shape. It's about 25/64" thick - a little loose laterally in the mortise. It's got some cracks on the back end and along one edge.
|Wedge and iron in place|
|Back end of wedge has been smacked a few too many times|
|Another chip coming away from the wedge, near where it exits the mortise|
|Side view of the iron - shows the lamination very clearly|
|If you look carefully, you can also see the lamination on the bevel|
|About 1 9'16" wide|
|About 1 5/8" along the cutting edge|
In the next post I'll detail the steps I took to bring this plane back to user status.