Hand Tools

Re: A Nifty Shooting Plane
Response To:
A Nifty Shooting Plane ()

Wiley Horne--So. Calif.
Hi David,

It appears to me that the groove, which looks to be the exact width of the plane, is intended to eliminate all lateral play, as the plane is pulled or pushed through its stroke by the vertical handle. The groove that the plane runs in holds the plane in the cut.

That said, I would prefer to (a) omit the groove, (b) omit the vertical pull, and grasp the plane by the top of the iron, pulling it through its stroke. The hand on the iron not only is pulling, but also applying sidewise pressure to hold the plane snugly against the curb as it makes its stroke.

You could judge this for yourself by using one of your regular try planes as a shooting plane, and see how you like it. I used to use a 22" wooden try as a shooting plane quite often--worked great.

One other thing about leaving off the knob. You then end up with sort of a 'strike block' plane, which is a handy thing to have around. For example, when fitting a short or small piece, I find it handy to just upend a plane and run the piece across the blade, rather than fix the piece and run the plane over it. Sometimes upending the plane in a vise. Either way, the plane is handier without the knob, I would think.

Well, just my 2 cents. One other thing: if you come across a narrow iron, you might make a long narrow edge jointer--my very favorite is a 2" x 26" edge jointer. Well, that makes 3 cents.

Finally, I got my medical degree in the engineering department, but would suggest you see a doctor about that tiredness. Low thyroid comes to mind, as does Lyme disease depending on the exact symptoms. Not something to let slide. Maybe Dr. Pan could chime in.


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