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Posted on How can I attach the tote on an old wooden plane?

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5 posts in 511 days


#1 posted 508 days ago

HorizontalMike,
Good question about the opening of the handle being below the level of the sole. Quite frankly I hadn’t noticed it. The bottom of the curve of the opening is actually on the same level as the top of the plane (I didn’t know it’s called a sole), but you are right, it is lower on the sides of the tote at the bottom of the curve, and that allows us to see a little of the top of the mortise as we peer through the opening to the opposite side. I probably should not have rounded to the sides of the opening. I might raise the entire tote up a little to make it look better.

Paratrooper34/Mike
Your photos of the tote which has the concave curve in the front with the screw surely looks like my answer. That would place one screw in a location at least close to where my screw holes are. The back would be held in by the sloping of the back of the mortise and of the tote. Now I am thinking whether or not I want to reshape the front of my tote to look like or similar to what you show.

I was also interested that you said in your email to me: “That tote absolutely fit entirely into the mortise [you clarified that you didn’t mean “into the tenon”] which provides maximum strength.” The width of the tote is comfortable to my hand and if it were wider as would be necessary in a mortise and tenon, I think the tote would lose that comfort.

Mariva57
I read that you live “about 100 km from Venice”. We love Italy. We were there in 2011. I didn’t think I would like Venice. Wow what a beautiful city! I was thrilled to be proven wrong. If our good and gracious God lets us be wrong to teach us humility, he certainly gives me lots of learning opportunities.

—Woodthings


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