Here is a fun tool to use when shooting board ends, or when
trimming miters of any angle. The casting is marked: PAT SEPT 10 1882. LANGDON
MITER BOX CO. MILLERS FALLS MASS. The Irons are stamped: SIMONDS MANUF'G
CO FITCHBURG, MASS.
The number 7 is stamped on either side of the fence's pivot. The number 7 is also stamped on the body of the plane in two places.
Purchased at auction, it's not been touched save for sharpening
the 3 1/2 inch wide irons. The
base casting is 29 1/4 inches wide and 16 inches deep. The top of the plane
handle is 9 inches off the bench when the plane is in use. The plane itself
is 4 1/2 inches tall and
22 3/4 inches long.
This Rogers Planer is the middle size, with
3 1/2 inch wide irons.
The mouths are skewed
The curvature in the photo is a result of the wide angle picture. This setup could be used by patternmakers to shoot precise ends onto irregular workpieces.
As a 45 degree miter trimmer, the Rogers Planer is excellent.
Both cuts are always set up and easy to make. The 90 degree fence makes it
difficult to make inaccurate cuts.
The plane rides in a track on the rear of the casting.
The plane is very stable and accurate.
So far, this has been my favorite miter tool. I think it's quicker
to set up than a Lion type trimmer. The ability to cut in both directions
makes it easier to use than the Stanley or Chaplin's Shoot board
and plane combination.
It's also much safer than a Lion style trimmer!