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Subject:
wondering...
Response To:
Re: Translation? ()

David Weaver
...(i don't read old texts - holtzappfel is the exception because they have a bunch of stuff about sharpening stones).

If someone had nice softwood or mahogany, then a set of .02 might be useful for trying or finishing to a dimension (if it matches to a .01" shaving).

One thing that older texts may do to confuse people is talk about sets without saying what type of work they're being used on and whether or not the wood is wet or dry.

One of the reasons that the double iron is so relevant now (or maybe the biggest) is because straight and wet wood are pretty uncommon. I've only worked wet wood a couple of times - it's definitely a nice way to do the initial work if the planes are wooden (to reduce stickiness of the wet wood).

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