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Errors or suboptimal statements in books

david weaver
I can't recall if it's Hasluck's carving book or Holtzapffel's texts about abrasives, but one of those two refers to washita stones as substandard stones that should either be discarded or ignored.

While 99% of the time, the texts are a good guide point (far better than the people instructing woodwork today and trying to be experts on planes without having dimensioned by hand or built planes), there's something once in a while that's either stated as fact where it doesn't matter or that is not quite correct.

I'd say this is probably the former (adjusting the sides of a cap iron is a lateral move at best). While Nicholson pushed a plane for more feet than I have, I seriously doubt he made more planes or experimented with more different planes in the context of use. If he discusses that anywhere else in his text, I'd be interested, but I can't imagine too much of that would've made its way into a general text for cabinetmaking (vs. one that had a serious discussion on planemaking. )

When i saw a well respected text calling washita stones poor quality, I wasn't impressed.

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