Caleb James Taking Orders for Beading Planes


Beading planes are the crack of the wooden moulding plane world. If you’ve had trouble finding a good beader, consider buying a new one from Caleb James or one of the other great makers.

Caleb has just opened orders for his next batch of beading planes in 3/16” and 1/4” sizes.

They are excellent. Details here.

— Christopher Schwarz

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8 Responses to Caleb James Taking Orders for Beading Planes

  1. Stefan Rusek says:

    I realize that Chris is a much more reliable source of recommendations than me someone no body knows, but I own four Caleb James planes and they are amazing. I can’t wait for my 3/16 beader to arrive in the mail!

  2. Is there any more perfect bead than 3/16? It’s like the golden ratio of beads. Caleb’s work is beautiful.

  3. Thank you Chris…I just missed out on the first batch and was actively crossing my fingers that I’d get another shot! There’s now a 3/16″ plane coming with my name on it.

  4. Brian says:

    I had the chance to use on of Caleb’s beading planes a few weeks ago. Pure bliss. Smooth, precise, sharp, fast. It felt like holding an 18th C plane that had never been used; an artifact that had been left, forgotten but perfectly preserved, in a master’s tool chest.

    • tsstahl says:

      I’ve used CJ planes at several shows and agree how nice they are. I have not taken the plunge for fear they won’t work as well for me because I don’t know how to really fettle the darn things.

      I have several vintage wood planes and cannot tell if the idiot in the machine is me or the hunk of wood. Times like this are when I can feel the attraction of CNC George Jetson woodworking. 🙂

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