Thursday, April 10, 2014

Moving Fillister Plane - Depth Stop Hardware Revealed

I have wondered for some time exactly how this hardware looked like on the inside. I have focused so much on planes that don't require hardware like this that I never really dug into those that do.

If you are like me, then you may have thought about replicating the parts on your own. I sometimes wish I had a milling machine but then again I would just get myself into trouble making parts that just aren't profitable. I think these might fall into that category but maybe not. On the other hand I wouldn't hesitate to try and make them if this where only a hobby for me.

So thats what motivated me to take the time to share these photos. Maybe you just might want to make some for yourself. It is mostly brass and a few other materials that are readily available. The photos should be self explanatory. Click on the images to enlarge.


If any machinist out there is making these or you all hear of some place that is producing them let me know.



  1. My British made plane is very similar. The only difference is the depth stop attaches to a square piece of brass via a screw. So, one more piece than yours. The advantage, if there is one to be had, is that you can lock the depth with that screw after adjusting.

    Its always fun to take things apart, as long as you can put them back together.

  2. Billy,

    I know exactly what you are referring too. I would have preferred to have acquired one just like you speak of but this is what fell into my lap. I think that style would be easier to build considering you can then bolt on the the "leg" of the depth stop rather than making it from one piece or brazing it on.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Caleb, you're awesome. Thanks for sharing little tid bits like this. I like little short updates like this.

  4. Yeah I came across another example of the inside recently. I think my depth stop is the same as Bill's, it's a screwed on model that sits in a stopped rabbet.

  5. If it was me I would cast them. Especially the depth stop. Then you could get 10 or so from each cast of a mold.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I am checking into it.

  6. Thank you for sharing this. I am working on a similar project and have been kind of stuck. I may just have to take it to a professional and have them finish it up for me because I just do not know if it is work my time and frustration. I do not have a ton of patience on reserve.

    Brandi Bradley @ Rotax Metals