Hand Tools

Re: Planecraft and the Cap Iron

david weaver
"as close as possible" is listed in the table in mine for the last step. But the discussion launches right into a long narrative about narrowing the mouth and using all of the features of the "record plane".

As a maker of planes, I suspect that the moving frog has little to do with function and a lot to do with manufacturing cost and ease.

The book advises moving the frog around a lot (I guess to make you feel like you have a lot of options), but this is something I've heard few people talk about actually doing, because it's a pain and to truly get tearout control, you have to close the mouth off to about twice the shaving thickness (which leads to dumb things like filing mouths, etc).

I tend to agree with Warren's conclusion that it's written from the point of view of users who lost a few nerve endings since Nicholson's book was written, but excerpts of Nicholson text are probably a difficult go for a new user.

I prefer Mark H's recommendation for a beginner. Just do a lot of it and see what you figure out. If you have no insight, maybe you won't figure out much. If you do, you'll be using the double iron without a couple of hundred board feet (perhaps with the exception of someone working only in pine).

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