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Marcou Planes "Owning a Marcou is like owning a Jaguar. You might not need one to get to work every day, but its beauty and performance make you lust wildly for it." Christopher Schwarz - editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine

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Old 10-12-2011, 10:10 AM
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Chris, I confirm that you do need an S20A or J20A, preferably both- absolutely essential to your well being.Don't dilly dally, Christmas is just around the corner and my stock of prime Rhodesian Teak is all but finished.
If you define a block plane as a plane with blade bevel up then it is a simple matter for you to satisfy that deep craving once and for all, as the aforementioned planes are bevel up, as are the M12 and S15A too.
If your vision of a block plane is something along the lines of a #220 then I have no plans to make that type as Lie Nielsen and Veritas mass produce satisfactory versions , especially those with skew blade.
However I do have plans to make a less expensive plane having no adjuster and about the size of an S55A, if I finish the present orders and find that there are no orders on hand. It will be legendary in its own right, as usual
Meanwhile, prepare to feast your eyes upon the next M12 which is about to be assembled.....
Phillip, you are almost as good a salesman as you are an artisan.
Yes, my idea of a block plane is like the #220, so your answer has dashed my joyfully hopeful idea upon the rocks of despair.

However, those refurbished planes of yours have given me another idea. I have an old Stanley I intended to restore, but the sole flattening and squaring process got the better of me, and it has been banished to the too hard to do shelf. Do you accept this sort of menial work?

And who is this J20A you speak of? They seem to be eluding me on your site.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:52 AM
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Phillip, you are almost as good a salesman as you are an artisan.
Yes, my idea of a block plane is like the #220, so your answer has dashed my joyfully hopeful idea upon the rocks of despair.

However, those refurbished planes of yours have given me another idea. I have an old Stanley I intended to restore, but the sole flattening and squaring process got the better of me, and it has been banished to the too hard to do shelf. Do you accept this sort of menial work?

And who is this J20A you speak of? They seem to be eluding me on your site.
Chris,
pop that Stanley into the nearest courier van and I will rejuvenate it .
Referring to the J20A : well, what can I say? "A unique instrument, unrivaled in its diversity, hugely handsome, of heirloom quality, great value, will work superbly right out of the box etc etc." Sadly there is a problem with the web site at the moment and you are correct in noting that it doesn't appear thereon- but hopefully the problem will be corrected in due course; I might even have to take lessons on web site building.
Meanwhile here are some pictures of the J20A-all fifteen inches of it. The one with the brown wood is a J15A ie it has a 15 bed and Adjustable mouth.
Remember you can view the pictures in three sizes....
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:57 AM
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Am I ever so thankful to be in the "Paying Off The Bills" mode. Otherwise, you guys would have me bankrupt!! One of these days when I grow up I'd love to get a couple of nice planes.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:09 AM
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Philip, that J20A is a stunning piece of work. I marvel at the perfection of your dovetails every time I see them. I doubt there's a plane maker in the world who can rival your skill.

I was thinking of your J20A when I bought my LV low-angle jack plane. I was wishing I had the money to buy one of yours instead. Someday, perhaps. I was also noticing that you didn't have it on your web site. If it's something you'll offer regularly, perhaps it's time to update the site?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:46 AM
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Philip, that J20A is a stunning piece of work. I marvel at the perfection of your dovetails every time I see them. I doubt there's a plane maker in the world who can rival your skill.

I was thinking of your J20A when I bought my LV low-angle jack plane. I was wishing I had the money to buy one of yours instead. Someday, perhaps. I was also noticing that you didn't have it on your web site. If it's something you'll offer regularly, perhaps it's time to update the site?
Peter, you definitely over thought that one.....Can be detrimental you know....
The web site may take on new shape at year end , possibly.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:07 AM
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The afore-mentioned M12 has come to life , the carcass is assembled and I have done an initial surface grind on it to square it up before fitting the wood and the rear piece.
Pictures show the sole being cleaned up first, by taking a first pass at 1.5 thou- the crosses show areas which required a deeper cut , the arrows show areas where milling marks are still visible. All looks good meaning that the body has come together fairly accurately. Both sides only require about 2 thou to square up.
The usual method is to surface the sole first , followed by the two sides and the sole is then used to reference off when doing the sides. You can see a jack fitted bewteen the sides, at either end, to prevent distortion when clamping the body in the vises.
So when the wood is in place and the rear "arch" fitted the plane will be surface ground lightly again , this time for uniform finish as well. All looks good.
If I catch anyone dozing during these pictures I will report them to the web master.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:24 AM
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So who knows what this contraption is?
It is a Tailstock Turret Tool Holder which I ordered from the Little Machineshop store . It means I can load six different tools on the tailstock and simply rotate the head when the next tool is required: instead of tediously clamping each tool individually in a chuck in the tailstock. One merely makes bushings to accept each tool eg for centre drills, tap drills , taps, reams etc. Very nice item which also saves time.
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I wasn't dozing sir, just dreaming...

I just spent five confusing minutes looking at the photos of that TTTH before I realised it doesn't actually spin around in the lathe. Cool name.

I'll email you about Stanley, Phillip.
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In Wales there is a dip below the electronic aether so one cannot go compulsively gawping at plane porn such as that blatantly portrayed by P. Marcou Esq.. However, one must return home from one's Welsh lodge hideaway now and then to check the email, not to mention the mantraps on the shed and the Autumn raspberry canes. But it is impossible to switch on my PC without it automatically seeking out seductive pickshers of the latest Marcoutery.

So goes the sad life of a plane addict.

Dang! There is that M12 taking shape and me with a WW to-do list as long as the ladywife's arm, which goes out for some distance from her person and terminates in a grasper/slapper/pointer used to drive-on the husband to his many duties & tasks, including production of those cabinets & such on that very list. Obviously I must immediately have an M12 to speed the work despite the Dominoes having already increased my shed efficiency by 395.7%.

But, being a poor pensioner struggling through life on a few groats per week whilst subject to banker-caused inflation, I will have to sell the spare S20A in order to afford that M12. The terrible ekonomik choices one must make! I may offer that spare S20A at a bargain price to one worthy of its sooperior mien. The buyer will, naturally, have to pass the exam concerning its proper use, care and worshipful rituals.

Meanwhile I believe it is time young Philip stopped all the teasing and coy glimpses of unfinished M12s, lost in the guts of esoteric machinery, in favour of a full-frontal of the polished item gleaming in its own spotlight wearing nothing but a black feather boa to increase our excitement.

I do like to see an Emco machine badge mind........

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In Wales there is a dip below the electronic aether so one cannot go compulsively gawping at plane porn such as that blatantly portrayed by P. Marcou Esq.. However, one must return home from one's Welsh lodge hideaway now and then to check the email, not to mention the mantraps on the shed and the Autumn raspberry canes. But it is impossible to switch on my PC without it automatically seeking out seductive pickshers of the latest Marcoutery.

So goes the sad life of a plane addict.

Dang! There is that M12 taking shape and me with a WW to-do list as long as the ladywife's arm, which goes out for some distance from her person and terminates in a grasper/slapper/pointer used to drive-on the husband to his many duties & tasks, including production of those cabinets & such on that very list. Obviously I must immediately have an M12 to speed the work despite the Dominoes having already increased my shed efficiency by 395.7%.

But, being a poor pensioner struggling through life on a few groats per week whilst subject to banker-caused inflation, I will have to sell the spare S20A in order to afford that M12. The terrible ekonomik choices one must make! I may offer that spare S20A at a bargain price to one worthy of its sooperior mien. The buyer will, naturally, have to pass the exam concerning its proper use, care and worshipful rituals.

Meanwhile I believe it is time young Philip stopped all the teasing and coy glimpses of unfinished M12s, lost in the guts of esoteric machinery, in favour of a full-frontal of the polished item gleaming in its own spotlight wearing nothing but a black feather boa to increase our excitement.

I do like to see an Emco machine badge mind........

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Welcome back Boyo.
I note that the Welsh ethers have been good for you and am pleased that hitherto dormant Marcoutary passion is once again rampant. I will ofcourse be providing one or two pictures of the current M12 as it emerges, followed by the finished instrument itself, in due course, so as to suitably stoke the aforementioned fires. I take it that you are aware that the M12 has benefited from the addition of a cunning means to mount or dismount the knob most easily , offset midway along one side so as to provide maximum ergonomic effect and further boost the (admittedly high) aesthetic appeal of this unique instrument?
I am sure the groat balances are not going to force a sale of the S20A but should the worst transpire then , possibly, going on what he has said not very long ago in this very same thread, one could tempt a certain Oceaneering gentleman . It is only a (dark) thought, mind, since I note that the gentleman is atypical in that he is not equipped with a Rolex Submariner or at least a duty Breitling and neither does he sport the regulation gold necklace , chain type.....Not to mention the rigidity of the purse chain.....
I must rest now, as plane peddling demands steely resolve and concentration during the hours of daylight which are fast approaching.
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