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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 04-04-2017 03:57 PM 536 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KelleyCrafts

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04-04-2017 03:57 PM

I’m going to take advantage of the Woodcraft 15% off and grab a handful of wider Hock Krenov blades. My question is, should I go with 3.5” or 4.5” tall? I would think I could build the side walls taller if I wanted and would result in a heftier plane in the end if I went tall. If I didn’t build it out then the extra inch would get in the way. I’m leaning to the 4.5” long blades but maybe someone has experience as to why I wouldn’t want them??

Thanks guys.

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 04:44 PM

OR, the Veritas wood plane norris style adjuster kits? LeeValley has free shipping over $40 right now.

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#2 posted 04-05-2017 06:18 AM

The Norris-style adjusters are cool, indeed.

In terms of iron length, look at the planes you have made and decide what you do and don’t​ like about them. Particularly about your hand position.

You don’t want the body of the plane to be too tall, makes it hard to control. Not saying lower is better, just saying too high = bad.

The type of plane makes a difference, too. Plus bed angle.

My preference is for the shorter iron in a block plane. Your hand will rest pretty close to the iron, perhaps even over it, and the short iron doesn’t interfere with where your hand is comfortable.

For a bench plane, longer is fine. Gives you some options that a shorter iron can’t.

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#3 posted 04-05-2017 06:32 AM

Mark, you were one of the ones I wanted to respond to this.

I was impatient and took advantage of the Lee Valley free shipping and have some Norris style adjusters on the way. Thought I would give them a shot. I have some more of the 1.5” regular blades still too. I’ve sold off all my old Stanley’s so I need to get some wider planes going. 2 – 2 1/4” and 2 – 2” ones coming. Not many reviews on them but I’m usually pleased with Veritas goodies and curiosity has gotten the best of me. I’ll still build regular mallet adjusting woodies too. They are just too fun to not build.

If I do buy wider Hock blades in the future I will go with the longer ones then since I have some shorter 1 1/2” ones. The longer ones would definitely be bench planes and likely not get in the way I imagine.

Have you tried the Veritas Norris ones? Thoughts?

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#4 posted 04-08-2017 09:49 PM

Dave,

Sorry, didn’t see this earlier. I have a LV Norris adjuster sitting in a drawer but have not built any planes with it.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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