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Forum topic by Ben posted 12-01-2012 02:25 PM 806 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2012 02:25 PM

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Does anybody know why molding planes have a off center irons as opposed to a center blade? I would certainly think for construction sake it would be easier to use a centered iron and then taper both sides of the plane body as opposed to using an offcenter blade and tapering only one side of the plane. The reason I ask is because I want to make a set of molding planes, and am curious about the conventions of the design.

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 03:04 PM

Probably because of less waste cutting the iron from a flat bar but that is just a guess.

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 03:28 PM

And there are times you’ll want to plane right on an edge. It would be difficult with a centered iron.

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 04:02 PM

For work on the edge and for shavings ejection. The side escapement planes clog WAY less than the ones that have a center escapement.

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