- Quartersawn American Beech Plane Billets -


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September 19, 2015: This round of billets is now sold out. I am actively searching for a log to have sawn and dried, but can give no estimate of when that will be ready. If you are interested in future billets, please subscribe to my blog for emailed updates.

Quartersawn American beech (Fagus grandifolia) has long been sought out as a premium plane-making wood. Not only are its properties ideal for wooden planes (those traits are best explained by Bill Clark and Larry Williams of Old Street Tool, Inc.), but it works wonderfully with hand tools and can have a figure that rivals the beauty of most any other wood.

Despite these desirable attributes and its widespread growth across the eastern United States, American beech can be difficult to find in any form, let alone one suitable for planemaking. I had the good fortune of coming across a small stash of it recently, and am offering some of it here.

This beech has been kiln dried to a moisture content of 10% - 15%. You would be well advised to let your billet(s) acclimate in your shop for a month or two until it reaches an equilibrium moisture content. If you do not have a moisture meter, use a scale to monitor the weight over time.

Billets are roughsawn, and will need to be planed and trimmed to final size. There may be some minor spalting and/or insect holes, but the wood is guaranteed to be structurally sound.

Each billet includes material for a wedge; the handled jack plane billet also comes with a blank for the handle. Dimensions for the billets, wedges, and handle are shown in the table below.

I have a limited supply of this beech on hand, but am working on developing it as a reliable source if demand warrants it. If you need a special size, please contact me with your request. My current supply is roughsawn to 2 1/2" thick, so I can only supply billets for blades up to about 1 3/4" wide at this time.


All billets are guaranteed to be free of both visible and internal structural defects. Should you find any defects as you work on your plane, contact me for a free replacement.


*All dimensions are given in the format W x H x L, where W is the dimension of the face showing flatsawn grain and H is the dimension of face showing quartersawn grain. All billets are sawn so that the side of the plane will show quartersawn figure.
Plane Billet Dimensions* Wedge
Dimensions*
Handle
Dimensions*
3/4" molding 7/8" x 4" x 11" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
7/8" molding 1" x 4" x 11" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
1 1/8" molding 1 1/4" x 4" x 11" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
1 3/8" molding 1 1/2" x 4" x 11" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
1 5/8" molding 1 3/4" x 4" x 11" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
1 7/8" molding 2" x 4" x 11" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
Small smoother 2 1/2" x 3" x 7 1/4" 3/4" x 2" x 7" n/a
15" Handled Jack 2 1/2" x 3" x 16" 3/4" x 2" x 7" 1 1/8" x 6" x 6"



Quartersawn American beech plane billets

Shipping within the US and select other countries will be calculated during checkout. For shipping charges to other countries, please contact me before ordering.

International orders: All wood is kiln dried (but is NOT stamped) and free of bark. Please consult your local customs regulations for any possible wood quarantines or import restrictions.


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3/4" molding - $10.00

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7/8" molding - $11.00

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1 1/8" molding - $12.00

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1 3/8" molding - $13.00

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1 5/8" molding - $14.00

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1 7/8" molding - $15.00

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Small smoother - $15.00

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15" handled jack - $31.00




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