SIMPLY AFFORDABLE QUALITY IN HAND CRAFTED AUSTRALIAN TOOLS

After several years of development H.N.T. Gordon and Co Classic Plane Makers of Australia sold their first woodworking hand planes in 1995. They are a family business that produces a range of hand crafted woodworking planes for the person with craftsmanship in mind. In 2011 and 2012 HNT Gordon released several new planes as follows: Small Curved Sole Spoke Shave, Dado Planes and a Radius Plane bringing their impressive range of planes up to 40 various types and sizes in total. We also developed a Tail vice that is retro fit able to any bench which is very useful when using dado planes.

HNT Gordon also employed their first full time apprentice in 2012 who is my son Nelson Gordon. I guess the start of a second generation of Planemakers at HNT Gordon.   In 2014 HNT Gordon employed its second full time apprentice Jake Gordon.

Terry GordonTerry Gordon is the head Planemaker and owner of the business and the following statements outline his business principles.

  • 'Any Bench plane we make will be able to plane or scrape any wood without tearout, plus all our other planes are optimised for hard, cranky woods. That being said they will perform very well on softwoods also.
  • We will only use high quality materials with a simple appropriate design to offer customers affordable quality in tools that will make your woodwork better.
  • We have done considerable development work to learn how to harvest, dry and stabilise Australian hardwoods (in particular gidgee) to give give us a superior quality wood for plane making that has ever been used before. In conjunction with this we have learnt how to combine this wood with brass using modern glues to enhance the function and life of some wooden planes. As a consequence of this work we offer an unconditional guarantee on workmanship and materials without hesitation.

Terry says - Making high quality products that last a lifetime makes him feel he is contributing to the health of the environment as too often today we are seeing cheap poor quality imported products ending up as landfill in Australia after only a short period of service. This is not good for our environment.

We have our workshop and show room in ALSTONVILLE, northern NSW. The showroom will be open to woodworkers to try HNT Gordon planes and view planes being made. All planes will be available for sale and visitors will be able to hand pick the plane of their choice. Other related accessories for woodworking will also be available. The showroom is generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. When Terry and staff are attending the Woodshows, the showroom may not be open every day. Please call ahead or email us prior to your visit to ensure a representative is available.
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Terry:

The shoulder plane came in yesterday and my son just brought it over.  I've been down in the shop to do a quick ovolo to check out the plane.  
It is just fabulous! Using it for the pre-moulding plane cuts, it works better than a rebate because the lack of extension of the blade beyond the sides of
the mouth completely eliminate any chance of marring the adjacent surface. And unlike my Record shoulder plane, it doesn't weigh a ton and so is a real
pleasure to use. The fineness of the mouth puts the Record to shame! And as with the rest of your planes, it is the most easily adjustable plane with a wedge
that I have ever used.
As another quick note on the shoulder plane:  As I indicated, I have been using it in lieu of a rebate plane for creating the rebates and tracks needed for the
moulding planes to follow.  One thing I didn’t notice right away is that, unlike a traditional shoulder plane (like the Record or Stanley versions or any version with a traditional design), your shoulder plane NEVER clogs the escapement, but beautifully spits out the chips.  As you may know, traditional shoulder planes are difficult to use in lieu of a rebate because they tend to clog the escapement.  Bottom line:  I’ve decided to give up on rebate planes, and will in due course be adding different widths of your should planes to my tool kit.
I'm in heaven! Thanks. Ed Einowski