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Re: Whelan planemaking book?

david weaver
Warren, I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, and perhaps it's been a few decades since you've used single iron planes for any significant work, but the difference in economy of work when starting from rough is so start that even without any other advantages (being able to get a good finish with an iron that's not freshly sharpened, using common pitch, etc), I can't imagine that single iron planes even had a chance once the bulk of shops had double iron planes.

The efficiency would've been priced into work, and it would become like trying to sell hand raked hay these days and make a living. The difference being less stark, maybe, but the same example.

I forgot, too, in my example above that I could nail the thickness mark in stride, something that's often not doable at a respectable clip with single irons in anything other than perfect wood (in something quartered, forget about it - a double iron is multiple times faster).

I started to see your way when I began giving up power tools and tried dimensioning with various single iron planes. It didn't make sense to me that one would struggle effort wise with every little grain variation.

Larry demonstrates this in his video on a plane blank when he has to skew a smoother to plane quartered beech. There are some pieces with ribboning that can be tricky (brian holcombe's plane was one), but regular quartered stock is dealt with easily with a double iron unless it's been dried improperly (and in that case, the wood is junk, anyway).

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