Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: The decline of the wooden plane in Nth America
Response To:
(Message Deleted by Poster) ()

TomD
I don't buy that summary. Infill planes are basically metal planes, just as much as Bailey planes are metal planes, despite the handles. Infill planes despite their renoun just yell "kludge" There aren't many features that actually are beneficial. The dovetail joinery is hardly a superior method of manufacture, and the wooden infil is not up to much.

We really don't know whether wooden planes declined to start with. We do know that mass manufacturing picked up. But it all sounds like saying modern generations are more accomplished musically because more people own Ipods. But then wait a second, are there less people playing real musical instruments today? In general there seem fewer people willing to master musical instruments, or much of anything else currently, but the population is so much higher, maybe the same number of serious performers still exist. I mean, you just can't seriously perform many of the same functions with metal planes. Today, if there was interest, CNC could be programed to turn out synthetic, or metal molding planes. Though it isn't happening yet. The quality of goods just declined overall, and in that sense many wooden planes did disappear, but it wasn't up with metal down with wood. Metal planes have never seriously got off the ground.

Serious woodworking cultures stuck with wooden planes. I do agree with that.

There seems to be this view that wooden planes were displaced by metal planes. That isn't what I see. The culture of bespoke everything took a dive. Steve Jobs, a billionaire wore jeans and a T-shirt. Mass manufacturing of cheap goods destroyed hand woodworking, and also gave us metal planes, the relationship is in manufacturing vs bespoke, not a transition to metal tools. It wasn't progress it was a revolution.

Messages In This Thread

(Message Deleted by Poster)
That's a beauty! *NM*
Re: Refurbished Try Plane.
(Message Deleted by Poster)
thanks!
Re: Refurbished Try Plane - Loosening stuck screw
Tools used?
(Message Deleted by Poster)
(Message Deleted by Poster)
Re: Tools used?
(Message Deleted by Poster)
(Message Deleted by Poster)
Re: Tools used?
(Message Deleted by Poster)
(Message Deleted by Poster)
Re: The decline of the wooden plane in Nth America
Re: decline of wooden plane - green vs dry lumber?
Re: decline of wooden plane - green vs dry lumber?
Re: decline of wooden plane - green vs dry lumber?
Easier for the carpenter
TomD -personal
Re: TomD -personal
OK. posted on main board. *NM*
Re: Tools used?
(Message Deleted by Poster)
Follow the money
Re: Planes don't fly
Re: Planes don't fly
Right on both points...
© 1998 - 2017 by Ellis Walentine. All rights reserved.
No parts of this web site may be reproduced in any form or by
any means without the written permission of the publisher.

WOODCENTRAL, P.O. BOX 493, SPRINGTOWN, PA 18081