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Re: Let's Plane
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Re: Let's Plane ()

Wiley Horne--So. Calif.
Hi John and all,

Some years ago, well many years, I was standing in the right place at the right time, and obtained a cocobolo smooth plane from Bill Clark (of C&W), that he had made for himself. He decided to let it go, because he had grown extremely allergic to cocobolo. This is not unusual, I understand, and is something for plane makers to think about when considering the options.

Anyway, this cocobolo plane is a sensational doer. Heavy for a wooden plane, but light for an infill--it puts you in the mind of an infill. 2", 55 degrees. Only thing negative is that I should ease the arrises and pointy places--don't really notice these edges on a beech plane, but they are sharp in cocobolo.

Simply as a personal preference, and speaking only of bench planes, I like beech long planes and heavier-than-beech smooth planes.


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