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Forum topic by Arlin Eastman posted 08-28-2011 12:34 AM 787 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Arlin Eastman

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08-28-2011 12:34 AM

I just bought 2 new DVDs and both of them are from (Frank Klausz) 1. Hand Tools, 2. Dovetail A Drawer.
While watching the DVD I have noticed and heard him say to use the wood plane by pulling toward you.
He did this while making a drawer and while demonstrateing how to clean and fix a #4 Stanley plane.
It has been real hard for me to do it the push way so 2 weeks ago I started pulling the planes. I do not even have to pull fast just slow and steady with more downward pressure on the nose at the start and at the back when at the end of the plane.
I was just wondering if anyone has also done it this way and how you do it.

Arlin

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#1 posted 08-28-2011 12:41 AM

Japanese planes are pulled. You might want to explore them.

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 01:45 AM

Occasionally, I work on a small board that has grains running in both directions on the face. After pushing the plane with the grain to where the grain ends from one side, I have the option of moving myself to the opposite end and do the pushing with the grain again. Or, I can simply pull the plane from the opposite end. I don’t have to do this a lot though.

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#3 posted 08-28-2011 01:54 AM

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#4 posted 08-28-2011 02:09 AM

Arlin, I’ve done this with Western planes too (only have 1 Japanese plane) and it’s always seemed to work easier to me also. I could be wrong but it seems as long as your working with the grain it doesn’t really matter if it’s pushed or pulled despite how it was intended to be used.

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#5 posted 08-28-2011 02:47 AM

WayneC – Thanks for the tips on the Japanese planes, however, I like what I found out on our hand planes.
Frank Klausz in his DVD was repairing a #4 plane and went thru all of the angles of cleaning to sharpening to using the plane.
I am very satisified on pulling a Western hand plane. It just takes alittle getting used to and it works great. If the grain switches direction I just move the board. It works great in my wheelchair.
I think it is something maybe we all need to try? Or has anyone done this alot?

ChuckM – Thanks for the info. Maybe more individuals do the push and pull on a Western Plane. I was just wondering how many and how it works for them.

Thanks SSMDAD It does take some getting used to. I have been given several Western planes and do not want to buy anymore at this time.
Arlin

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