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joel moskowitz
While I have several Beech infill norris's in my collection I have never seen a post war (beech) A5 that could plane a candle next to a pre-war Norris. I do have a 17 1/2" post war panel with a custom iron that is wonderful but I would guess that I like it because it is lighter than the rosewood version (which I never use) and a better performer than a similar length bedrock.

But again - this is my point - Everything works - And if you are planing stuff in 1800 you got a nice wooden smoother and when it wore out you replaced it.

It is possible to take just about any plane and make it perform better. That's why premium makers get to charge a premium. The amazing thing is that a bog standard Stanley from 1930 will perform very very well indeed. Sure 90 years later they might be wear and tear but unless the plane has been abused, or cleaned up too much it will work excellently. Is it possible to get better performance than a new 1930 stock stanley - sure - a stock bedrock from the period will work marginally better, and you will get much better performance especially with a dulling blade on with a #5,6, or 17 Norris or early 19th century wooden plane. But for most people it's just not that important. But the main difference in performance was fit and finish - which accounted for the price difference. And the second most important indicator in performance is becoming one with the plane. It takes time to learn how to you any tool to best advantage. The performance of my tools has actually gotten better over the years, not because they have magically increased or decreased in weight but because of practice.

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Light vs Heavy planes
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
I like tools from Brooklyn
Re: I like tools from Brooklyn *NM*
Infills in the UK
I'm glad you commented.
Weight Comparison
more infill weights
Re: more infill weights
initial fitting...
one more follow-up comment.
Re: one more follow-up comment.
rosewood
Re: rosewood
Re: more infill weights
now there is a pearl of wisdom
Re: I'm glad you commented.
what I've found...
Re: what I've found...
Re: Calling BS
Re: Calling BS
Re: Can't argue
Re: Calling BS
by the early 19th century
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It's not offered as ball court...
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I'm guessing on parts here...
I miss Todd Hughes' contributions too *NM*
Re: Calling BS
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I think we're agreeing...
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Re: Me too
Wood isn't indefinitely stable, either
Re: Facts, not assertions
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I haven't seen it....
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Truing Kanna
expanding on what jim said
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Coupla thoughts
different methods of lapping and the bump
Re: I haven't seen it....
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interesting that...
Note on a modern infill
konrad's planes...
new vs. old planes...
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
Turnover, newbies and FAQ
comment on teaching
If you get my drift...
finding out who to listen to...
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I agree...
Re: Same
Old history
Misprint?
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cultural thing...
Shops using mostly hand tools..
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Don felder's guitar...
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
Not a positive contribution to the discussion
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
Inertia and figured wood
Re: Jim, what is Osae-gani? *NM*
Osae-gani
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Note on fitting
biases for the maker...
Re:wedge fitting
Re:wedge fitting
funny...
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At some point..
The experiment and conclusion are both confusing
Re: Heavy and light
another factor
If you're trimming furniture...
The best case for heavy planes...
Re: reframing the issue
Friction, and more
Re: reframing the issue
not the direction I went *PIC*
5 1/4
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