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David Weaver
I don't need any more planes and have sold off a bunch in the last two years.

I've fancied rosewood jack planes, but the boat builders planes are often pretty ugly to start and beaten heavily.

Rosewood billets are cheap right now and the cost to make planes out of it is actually the same or less than horizon's quartered beech. The density of plantation rosewood is not that high, only slightly heavier than beech. It can be more musical, but so can cocobolo, and the cocobolo plane in the prior post is a treat to use if it's set heavy. Less abusive than a beech plane of the same thing.

I've had these two billets for a while, they're not straight enough for any parts on a guitar (visually), but the back one is pretty good. The front one is terrible, but I"ll keep that one for me and throw it away if it moves around.

(for what it's worth, the English planes that I've gotten have all been somewhere around my preferred weight range, with the jacks maybe slightly lighter. once in a while, I get a plane that someone must've intentionally filled over and over with linseed oil - they must've had a want, but I don't know what it was. One of the mid-length planes that I got early on had a hancock iron - I think it was an american plane - and was 9 1/2 pounds at 20 inches long. Horrible)

My distaste for coffin smoothers isn't shared (more than one person has told me how much they love them), it's just a personal opinion. I much prefer the infill coffin planes to the wooden ones.

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Light vs Heavy planes
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I like tools from Brooklyn
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Infills in the UK
I'm glad you commented.
Weight Comparison
more infill weights
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initial fitting...
one more follow-up comment.
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rosewood
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now there is a pearl of wisdom
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what I've found...
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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*
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I think we're agreeing...
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Wood isn't indefinitely stable, either
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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
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interesting that...
Note on a modern infill
konrad's planes...
new vs. old planes...
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Turnover, newbies and FAQ
comment on teaching
If you get my drift...
finding out who to listen to...
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I agree...
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Old history
Misprint?
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cultural thing...
Shops using mostly hand tools..
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Don felder's guitar...
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Not a positive contribution to the discussion
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Inertia and figured wood
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Osae-gani
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Note on fitting
biases for the maker...
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funny...
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At some point..
The experiment and conclusion are both confusing
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another factor
If you're trimming furniture...
The best case for heavy planes...
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Friction, and more
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not the direction I went *PIC*
5 1/4
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