Norris Number 49 Malleable Iron Smoothing Plane


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Norris No. 49 Iron Smoothing Plane
Norris No. 49 Iron Smoothing Plane

Cutter Width 2"     2⅛" 2¼"
Price (1908 Price List)
Price (1914 Catalogue)
Price (1928 Catalogue)
Price (1930 Catalogue)

NOTES: This plane was not offered in any known Norris price list or catalogue. Existing models have been found with casting registration no. 637729 stamped on the toe. The Norris No. 49 is the parallel version of the No. 48.

Similar to the No. 48, construction and basic design of the No. 49 follows closely to the Norris No. 50 series of cheaper, post World War 1 planes. These designs were Norris originals which did not copy any other maker in particular.

Predominantly, dark stained walnut was used for their infills, though I have seen one or two with a mahogany infill.

Construction-wise, this plane is similar to the bed in other 50 series planes, with the cutting iron resting on two metal 'bosses', providing great stability. A secondary function of these metal bosses was to secure the closed rear handle, which was sandwiched between them and riveted, screwed or bolted in place. The handle also held the adjuster mechanism.

Levercaps were gunmetal and came with a number of different Norris marks or stamps.