Hand Tools

Re: testing a level plane...
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testing a level plane... ()

Wiley Horne

Agree with all that and your previous as well.

One other thing about trying to edge join with a concave plane...when the blade is cantilevered out, in order to reach beyond the hollow to get to the wood, weird things begin to happen—it’s in the cut, now it’s out of the cut. And when it comes out it tends to bring a torn shaving with it. And one thing you can’t have in a joined panel is tearout at an edge—it will be right on the seam, where the grain pattern changes and jumps out at you.

I have respect for Bill’s argument as well, but there are some differences when you move to hand planes. Machines can sometimes power through the details—like a dull blade, say—but with hand tools there are certain details that will make the tool just about unusable and mouth-in-the-air is one of them.


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