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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 588 days ago

Larry,

The point about the Industrial Revolution was that the availability of dimensional lumber decreased the use of tools for working rough lumber (as in converting trees to dimensioned stock). Adzes, froes, broad axes, and such began to fade away except in remote areas and some specialized trades. Yes, the Industrial Revolution started many years before but was limited to major stationary locations. Until small scale motors and electricity came along, the only impact it had at all was that it made manufactured goods cheaper. People could go to the hardware store and buy a tool rather than going to a blacksmith to have one made.

Yes, people knew in the 1950’s and even today that roughing planes used different camber irons. Unfortunately, Leonard Bailey et al. decided that they would market planes that used the same mechanism and double iron regardless of the usage. Having a double iron on a roughing plane is just silly and gets in the way as does the lever cap. Sadly, few people that use planes now have ever used a traditional wooden jack plane such as you make and think that they are “the same as the metal ones but old fashioned and inferior.”

Probably the only modern planes that are a real improvement over traditional planes are the block planes.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/


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