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Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 1659 days ago 1461 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I have gained some sort of interest in planes recently and am restoring one I purchased off of ebay. I have noticed through photos that most of the totes (handle) grain goes left to right in the direction of the plane. It seems to me that that would make the handle weak, as you are pushing the plane forward the grain can eventually slip and the tote will break. In fact that is the exact reason why I need to replace the one I have now. I am going to make my own tote, and am thinking about running the grain verticle, so as the plane is pushed there is no possible way I can break it.
So the question is, why have they always been made like this if they eventually fail? Is there any reason why I can’t run the grain verticle? I intend on using this plane. It is a no name plane and is essentially worthless. Thanks.

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#1 posted 1659 days ago

i think running the grain verticle would put to much stress on that little piece at the base of the tote, the toe? you could be right tho…every time I’ve seen a broken tote, its right across it horizontally. but usually they dont fail, most of the ones I’ve seen that are broken have really been beaten up.

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#2 posted 1659 days ago

The grain runs horizontal to avoid short grain. If you run it vertical you will have short grain at sole connection. The planes usually run the problem of shrinking away from the tote screw or pole/nut combo or break when drop as stated above. Go traditional. Great to see you get into hand tools. I am just starting to get there.

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#3 posted 1659 days ago

I agree with the previous posts

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