Holtey Classic Hand Planes

Where precision toolmaking becomes art
Holtey No.98 Smoother
The art of precision engineering

No.984R smoothing plane



My No.984R smoothing planes are now finished. The original No.984 is 13 5/8” long and the No 984R is 12 1/2” long. There is now no chamfering on the No.984R, except for the blade which is the same on both planes.

No.984R Group.

The front and rear on the revised plane is squared off with swept corners, the original which is bow shaped having a scotia form. I personally like the revised edition as it matches the No 985 and seems more business like.

No.984 Front view.

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No.985 smoother
now with a blade setting post


No.985 with snecked blade.

In my No.985 smoother design I decided to omit an adjuster in order to achieve a compact footprint and a simple aesthetic. I realise that for those who are used to my adjusters, some may find setting the blade a little tricky, so I have decided to make an option and incorporate a setting post on the blade.
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No.983 984 and 985 planes.


No.985 984 and 983.

If I was still cabinet making these three planes would be my go for planes. They are clockwise from the top - No.984 panel plane, No.985 smoothing plane and No.983 block plane.

The picture above is featured on my new gallery page.

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No.982 finishing plane.


No.982 Full View

Having made traditional infill planes for over 20 years and been aware of their shortcomings, it was inevitable that I would take a long and serious look at planes in general. I have taken the infill plane to a higher standard of precision and detail and you would be hard pressed to find its peer.

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