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joel moskowitz
I have actually done back to back tests of infill Norris's to compare performance. They work, sometimes great, sometimes not so great. However NONE of the famous furniture from England before 1800 or the US or France was made with metal planes. Sure there might have been an odd outlier here and there but except for marquetry, metal planes don't show up in the literature. Roubo thought metal planes were great and wondered why more weren't in use.

That all being said the indicator of performance is fit. Wooden planes have one serious flaw - in use they wear out. Infill planes have two serious flaws - weight on the long ones, and cost. I have tried using the longer Norris's for jointing and after 10 minutes I'm just tired. Also the higher center of gravity of wooden planes makes it easier to keep them square.
But it all works! It really does. My limitation is the limit of my skill not the tools. It's true that these days you can buy a plane shaped object that will never work properly. Or a Wooden Norris that is a collectible for a reason (they suck). Remember of course any Norris you have is at least 70 years old and might be worn out.

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Light vs Heavy planes
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
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not the direction I went *PIC*
5 1/4
Re: reframing the issue
Re: reframing the issue
Friction, and more
The experiment and conclusion are both confusing
Re: Heavy and light
The best case for heavy planes...
another factor
If you're trimming furniture...
At some point..
Inertia and figured wood
Re: Jim, what is Osae-gani? *NM*
Osae-gani
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Note on fitting
Re:wedge fitting
funny...
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Re:wedge fitting
biases for the maker...
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
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Not a positive contribution to the discussion
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
finding out who to listen to...
Re: Same
Old history
Shops using mostly hand tools..
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Don felder's guitar...
Misprint?
cultural thing...
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Re: finding out who to listen to...
I agree...
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Turnover, newbies and FAQ
comment on teaching
If you get my drift...
Re: Light vs Heavy planes
new vs. old planes...
I like tools from Brooklyn
Re: I like tools from Brooklyn *NM*
Infills in the UK
I'm glad you commented.
Note on a modern infill
konrad's planes...
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what I've found...
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interesting that...
Re: Calling BS
I haven't seen it....
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Truing Kanna
expanding on what jim said
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Coupla thoughts
different methods of lapping and the bump
Re: Calling BS
Re: Facts, not assertions
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I think we're agreeing...
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Re: Me too
Wood isn't indefinitely stable, either
Re: Calling BS
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by the early 19th century
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It's not offered as ball court...
I miss Todd Hughes' contributions too *NM*
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I'm guessing on parts here...
Re: Can't argue
Weight Comparison
more infill weights
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now there is a pearl of wisdom
Re: more infill weights
initial fitting...
one more follow-up comment.
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rosewood
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