The Boston trio

Some of the most unusual block planes are “THE BOSTON” brand, made from aluminum in the United Kingdom. Are they named after Boston, Lincolnshire, or related to “The Boston Vice Company”, part of Tilgear? As there is next-to-no information regarding these planes, I am going to imagine that there aren’t any more models out there, bar the three already in my collection. From the use of aluminum, I would surmise that they might have been manufactured circa the 1950s. The only non-aluminum parts are the screws, cross-bars, and of course the blades.


The No.1, No.2A, and No.2

What influenced the design of these planes? The body of the No.2 and No.2A are identical, it is only the lever cap that differs. In some respects, the planes do have, what some would say are ergonomic features. The No.2A in the centre even has vestiges of a streamlined form. The No.2 (as shown below) incorporates a rabbit-ear like lever cap, which allows the purlicue (like who knew the part between your thumb and forefinger had a name!) of the hand to rest, and apply forward force.


Holding the No.2

They are the most colourful of planes: red, blue and black (the 2A shown in the middle is more commonly seen sporting black). The paint may have been used, both as a sales gimmick, but also to cover the rough surface of the plane, as little effort was put into milling the surface and making it a “quality” product. The weird thing about these planes it that none of them show any markings beyond “THE BOSTON”, and “No.2″/”No.2A”.


An example of the rough finishing on the aluminum


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