Hand Tools

Subject:
without..
Response To:
Re: Norris Vs. Stanley ()

david weaver
..the adjustments that I made to the sole of my plane, it would've been unusable, I will admit. Someone comparing old to new would definitely count that against it. How the sole was that bad is a real puzzler.

I was careful about condition and have gotten planes that are in better shape than the average newer norris on ebay (sole notwithstanding, you can't spot that on a picture - shown below - the sole even looks a little bit like it's been lapped here, but it has not and it was incredibly out of flat - maybe that had something to do with why it has so little wear - except that someone robbed the original norris iron from this one).

https://s23.postimg.org/iv1m9fyaz/s-l1600_1.jpg
https://s23.postimg.org/8m953ma97/s-l1600.jpg

At any rate, I did leave out one thing -I have a 15 1/2 inch rosewood infilled panel plane marked buck (made by norris) with rosewood infills, and I will give it credit - it was almost dead nuts flat when I got it despite the fact that it's clearly very old. A user who didn't want to do anything other than sharpening the iron (which is ward, of course) would be able to use it - it does need a little bit of tuning to adjust laterally properly, but that's minor and not critical.

At any rate, I am assuming that when you got a group of people together to try planes, they probably weren't versed in using the double iron. That is the factor that neutralizes any difference between the two - that and the ability to do a little bit of work.

© 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