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  Siegley's Adjustable Plane - Carpentry & Building, Vol. 6, December 1884, (New York: David Williams, Publisher).  

In Figs. 1 and 2 of the accompanying engravings views of the opposite sides of a new combination plane, manufactured by J. Siegley, Wilkesbarre, Pa., are presented.

The combination tool is in some respects superior to each of the single tools combined in it. Using it as a plow plane, it has some advantages over the common wooden plow, on account of the throat being the closest at the side of the bit, and therefore preventing the bit from tearing.

Fig. 3 shows an enlarged cross-section, and will enable our readers to better understand the arrangement of parts. The tool shown is a most ingenious and successful combination of a common carpenter's plow, dado, side and center-bead plane, making in all respects a very serviceable, and at the same time cheap, tool.

The manufacturer asserts that this tool will produce a clean groove in any kind of cross-grain wood. With it the setting and running of a gauge is dispensed with, since, by placing the bit exactly in line with the advance cutters, which is a special feature of this tool, it will do the work of a gauge; therefore all possibility of a rough groove is avoided.

In using this tool as a dado it also has some advantages over the ordinary wooden tool. It is adjustable from 3/8 inch to any required width. The advance cutters are fastened by set-screws, holding them firmly in place, and are secured in a slanting position, so as to give a free clearing to the blades.

Only the point of the cutter comes in contact with the sides of the groove. Accordingly, the tool works much easier than the wooden dado. A common objection in the use of dado planes is that after the point of the advance cutter is worn away it will stick in the groove. This difficulty is successfully overcome in the present tool by means of the adjustment provided.

The manufacturer claims for this tool that it is capable of doing more work than others, since it dispenses with the extra work of nailing in place a strip for a guide. All that is required with this tool is to hold the square where the groove is to be made, and, running the tool along the square a few times, get the groove started.

This done, the square can be laid aside and the groove finished to the required depth. Considering the tool as a side bead, it has the advantage of doing its work as well as the wooden one, while it does not take up the chest-room required for keeping wooden bead planes.

The tool is easily kept in order from the fact that it is not necessary to keep the bit in conformity with any peculiar shape, as is always the case with the wooden bead plane. As a center bead this tool works equally well, and is much quicker adjusted than the wooden center bead.

The necessity of nailing a strip in place for the guide is also overcome. The same bit in this tool will work either as a side or center bit, and only a moment's work is required to change it from one to the other. The advance cutters can also be used in this case, and therefore the tool is not likely to tear the work, as is the case with common bead planes.

Carpentry & Building, Vol. 6, December 1884,
(New York: David Williams, Publisher).

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