|Forum topic by Burbs||posted 10-14-2016 06:16 AM||886 views||0 times favorited||44 replies|
10-14-2016 06:16 AM
So I posted my workshop and in one of the pictures I had an old stanley 5 1/2 sitting on my bench, upright. One of the comments was that I should turn my plane on it’s side. Now at the time, I had just sharpened the iron on that plane and the iron was retracted and I thought I would put it in the picture because it was my first restore and thought I would show it off since I don’t have any plane storage yet. Usually my planes sit behind my miter saw fence, and they are usually on their side just because from what I’ve read, most people think it’s sacrilegious to have a plane sitting any other way.
Now I have to admit that when using my planes, I’m usually using a shooting board and it usually rests on its side on the shooting board or I set it on my workbench upright. My bench at the moment is made from cdx plywood and 2×4’s and I’ve never really seen a need to lay a razor sharp plane on its side so the blade is exposed to my hands and whatever other tools I’m using. To me, it’s safer to put it iron down, what am I going to do, hurt the plywood?
Now if the picture was taken with the plane iron down on my table saw or on my dining room table, even I’d have been cringing given the time I put in making sure my irons are sharp but the only reason I can see for laying a plane on it’s side all the time is just so you get in the habit so that when you do have a nice hardwood bench, it’s not getting scraped up. Is there any other reason to always keep your planes on their side or am I missing something?
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