Hand Tools Archive

Re: Striking button diameter

Jack Dover
I think that even a small diameter button would work. My planes that don't have a striking button have this particular texture at the point they were struck at. It's like failed plywood with plies separating, something to be expected - ash and oak splinters for basketmaking are made by pounding, no wonders growth rings are separating in a plane body. I think the primary role of a strike button is to prevent this. So as long as there a tightly seated button that can be reliably hit every time with a hammer - it's going to work. The height a button protrudes should just prevent it from mushrooming.

But you probably already know all this.

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