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A Smith Jointer / Smoothing Planes

Aaron Smith (1769-1822)

Rehoboth, MA

1791 housewright, 1803 shop joiner, 1806 toolmaker per GAWP 5.

Probable link to Jo Fuller.

A1 imprint. 2nd mark, large, small notches filed into the upper and lower straight borders.

A1 imprint jointer

24" long by 3 3/16" wide

tote height 3 3/4", offset

1/4" flat chamfers end with turnout

top of wedge modified (See the panel raiser with the earliest wedge form ... a round top wedge. It's included as part of the bench plane feature comparisons at the end of this entry.)

birch

A1 imprint smoother

7 3/4" long by 2 5/8" wide

1/4" flat chamfers end with turnout

birch

A1 imprint smoother

7 3/8" long by 2 3/4" wide

heavy round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends, end with turnout

birch

B imprint. Small letters, zz border.

B mark jointer

29 7/8" long by 3 1/4" wide

tote height 3 3/4", offset

heavy round chamfers on top, flat on ends, end with turnout

birch

B mark jointer ( a little later than the preceding example) as evidenced by the wedge abutment chamfer having a greater height on the side nearest the wedge.

29 7/8" long by 3 1/4" wide

tote height 3 7/8", offset

heavy round chamfers on top, flat on ends, end with turnout

birch

B imprint smoother

7 3/4" long by 3" wide

heavy round chamfers on top of body, flat on ends, end with turnout

birch

double iron

A1 in rear (flat chamfers), B in foreground (heavy round chamfers top of body and flat chamfers on ends). Totes offset and have an undercut heel.

A1 in foreground, flat chamfers, B jointers in middle and rear (latest) with heavy round chamfers top of body and flat chamfers on ends. As with the smoothers, the chamfers on wedge abutment cheeks increase in maximum height from A1 to B....such that the B example is more teardrop in shape.) 

A1 (flat chamfers) then A1 and B marks (chamfers round on top / flat on ends). Chamfers on wedge abutment cheeks increase in maximum height from A1 to B ... become more teardrop in shape. (L to R and top to bottom (below)).

An early A Smith panel raiser (13.5") with a round top wedge. This earliest A Smith wedge form parallels a second example reported by Rick Slaney in 2003. That example, a crown molder, has A Smith's earliest "A" mark.

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