Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: plane stiffness
Response To:
plane stiffness *PIC* ()

David Weaver
by the way, the weights need to be hung where the two handles are - two separate sets. you're not going to be able to plane with your hand on the frog.

The amount of supplemental downforce that we generate when we're planing a smoother shaving is probably about 3 pounds, maybe 4. When I created a static board to push into and put a 35 pound postal scale under the mouth of the plane, it was pretty hard to generate more than about 12 pounds of downforce at the mouth by pushing on the back handle. The front handle won't provide much assistance in flexing the plane, and when you bear down on it going through the end of an edge, you'll plane the end off of a board (the opposite of what you want to do).

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