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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 11-28-2009 12:11 AM 1140 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MedicKen

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11-28-2009 12:11 AM

I have 2 Stanley #5 planes, one with smooth sole and the other corrugated. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to the corrugated sole? The smooth sole plane was my grandfathers and I plan on keeping and restoring it, the other may be restored and then sold.

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marcb

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 12:13 AM

There’s no real advantage to the corrugation. The down side is that sometimes you might get a corner stuck on the corrugation.

Smooth bottomed planes with a little wax are a wonderful thing.

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 12:16 AM

I have only ever seen the corrugated sole in books i would love to own one oneday as i sort of collect planes
But to your question i cant see what difference one to the other would be

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 12:29 AM

An acquaintance of mine hand planed a few hundred rifle stock blanks. There is a big difference pushing a corrugated plane vs. a smooth one in some conditions.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 01:10 AM

the smooth sole planes are harder to flatten while the corrugated is a little easier, planing wood the corrugateds are easier to push on the wood the smooth sole planes u have to use parafin wax to make it easier to push

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#5 posted 11-28-2009 01:44 AM

BigIke is correct in that corrugated soles are much easier to lap flat. The only problem with a corrugated sole that I’ve experienced is when the work piece is too thin and small. For that situation, I use a smooth sole #7 upside down in a holding jig. End of problem. BUT I’ll tell ya, that #7 was a bear to lap flat compared to the corrugated one I use.

Anyway, there’s no perceivable difference in performance from either iteration if they’re both tuned.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 11-28-2009 02:47 AM

I think that about covers this subject

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MedicKen

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#7 posted 11-28-2009 03:05 AM

Thanks to all. i assumed that the main reason for corrugating was the lapping. I will tune them both up but I still have a greater attachment to the soild sole

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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