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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Hi Ed,
Good to hear you are enjoying your new snipe bills. Thanks for another order on the set of moulding planes! We have just had another big order on the
hollows and rounds so I am short a few planes, but I will have them ready to send away Tuesday. Thanks for your nice comments. I will contact you again
when I am sending your set with a tracking number.

Regards Terry


Hi Terry, Thanks for the note. I have been using moulding planes for about 40 years, working with restored antiques. So I am very familiar with the problems
traditional moulding planes have. As I was studying your planes on the internet (one does tend to study things before laying out several thousand dollars!),
I came to appreciate that, from what I could tell from the pictures, you have solved the basic problems with the traditional design. First, having a blade that does not taper is a 1000% improvement. Trying to adjust a traditional plane with a tapered blade with any accuracy is hit or miss
(even after 40 years of use) - and frustration with a wedge that is either too tight or too loose after an adjustment is monumental. So excellent move on that
end Second, the fixed brass wedge is simply amazing. Working in tandem with the wooden wedge, I find it simply does not come loose during the adjustment
process. Perhaps this is primarily the lack of a tapered blade, but it seems to be the fixed wedge plays a key role here. Third, perhaps because of the 4 degree skew, the planes seem to have no problem with ejecting chips. I suspect I could get it to clog, but with "normal abuse'
it doesn't seem to have any problem. Fourth, the brass boxing on the sole is great. My traditional snipes are almost always out whack and seem to need constant turning of the sole. So to have a
more durable sole on the most crucial part of the plane is fantastic. Two improvements you might consider: (1) If you put a bracket around where the cutter comes out of the top of the plane and set it up so that a thumb screw through the bracket met the end of the
blade, you could do extremely fine adjustments by setting the blade short of the sole and then using the screw to slowly bring the blade down. Sort of a
modification of the Norris adjuster or the Stanley block plane approach. (2) You could get rid of the wooden wedge entirely by designing the captured brass wedge in a two-piece rocker type assembly with a thumb screw coming
out of the top. The "rocker wedge" would be designed so that when the thumb screw presses the top of the cutter to the bed, the rocker flattens out against
the lower blade to get good contact to hold it secure. Of the two, (1) would be the most helpful. (2) might actually require more machining and expense than it is worth, given that your current design works so well. Best wishes. Ed Einowski

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