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Jo Fuller Planes

Joseph Fuller (1746-1822)

Planemaker, Providence, RI

A mark. 10" length, birch. Believed to be an example of the first form defined by the tapered chamfer stops. Photos with a black background courtesy Early RI Toolmakers & Tradesmen.

A mark. 10" length, birch. Believed to be the first form defined by the tapered chamfer stops. A second example.

A mark. 10" length, birch. The more common chamfer stop form of a tapered step and flute.

A mark. 10" length, birch. A second example of the more common chamfer stop form of a tapered step and flute.

A mark / C mark combination, not reported in GAWP 5. This jointer has the tapered step and flute form of the chamfer stop.

C mark, 10" birch. (Note, while similar, this is not the C1 mark.)

C mark, 10" birch. Wedge finial relief is more pronounced.

C mark, crown molder, birch. Chamfer stops without flutes.

D1 mark with clear arrow decoration following 'Fuller'. 10", birch. Flat chamfers and chamfer stops with tipped step and flute continue with the molders. The wedge final relief is more pronounced and the wedge finial height is reduced.

D1 mark with clear arrow decoration following 'Fuller'. 10", birch. 

D1 mark plow. 10", birch. 

Second D1 mark plow. 10", birch. 

D1 mark jointer. Applewood, 27 1/4 long. Flat chamfers with simple turnout on ends.

D1 mark with arrow decoration following 'Fuller'. 10", birch. Decorated shoulder edge believed to be mid 1790's.

D1 mark with very faint arrow decoration. 7", birch. 

D1 marks earlier and later based on the strength of the arrow decoration as exibited in two toted tongue planes. Flat chamfers, birch. The later D1 example (below and left respectively), has a later open tote design which is less graceful and more upright (editor's tote description). 

Late D1 mark with very faint arrow decoration, round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends. 10", birch. GAWP 5 describes a continuum between the marks D1 and D2 based, in part, on the strength (presence) of the arrow device which follows "Fuller". The editor has chosen to designate the following examples as 'late D1', as each has "a very faint arrow decoration" which is visible. (In certain cases, a hand lens was used to verify the presence / remnant of the arrow decoration.)

Late D1 mark with very faint arrow decoration, round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends. 10", birch. 

Late D1 mark with very faint arrow decoration, round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends. 8", birch. 

Late D1 mark on crown molder with very faint arrow decoration, round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends. Birch with later styled open tote. 

Late D1 mark on jointer with very faint arrow decoration, round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends. Birch. The tote is less 'ornate' than the early D1 example. The tote remains offset with the heel undercut. Round top wedge with chamfer is consistent with earlier D1 example as is the chamfer on the wedge abutment cheeks.

E mark example courtesy of Early RI Toolmakers & Tradesmen.

Bench planes. Comparison of wedge abutment chamfers. Top to bottom: A / C imprint (cheek 2 3/4"), C imprint (cheek 1.6"), D1 imprint (cheek 1 3/4").

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