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Forum topic by Benvolio posted 08-30-2013 12:22 AM 1156 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Benvolio

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08-30-2013 12:22 AM

Pretty sure there are egyptian hyrogliphics and stone age cave paintings that depict this debate, but I was curious as to what the breakdown of opinion is here…..

Personally, I always lay my plane on the sole – preferably on top of the shavings its just made.

Ottomh Paul Seller’s claims the whole plane on its sole indignation many people shout about began with teachers who didn’t want students to damage the plane when the iron had been extended too far.

But what do you guys say? 8th deadly sin? Or there’s worse things to worry about?

Ben

-- Ben, England.


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WayneC

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 12:25 AM

Worse things to worry about. :)

Just be aware of what is on the bench if you set down on the sole or what might impact it if you put it on it’s side. You ding it, you sharpen it… lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 12:29 AM

I always lay mine on it’s side. I learned this habit from my father and grandfather, and a lot of thumps with a yard stick or 2×4 or other handy utensil.

On the other hand, it’s your tool.. I believe in freedom for all! Do it anyway you want.

Then again, if you are using my tools, lay it on it’s side!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 12:29 AM

Wouldnt sweat it personally. Depends where im puttin it. I put it down wherever the next tool i need resides. Then forget where i put it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 12:31 AM

On its sole normally. This on Frank Klausz’s recommendation.
His reasoning is that the iron is more vulnerable to getting
nicked or cutting you if the plane is on its side. Of course
a plane put iron-down on a wood bench is not going to get
the iron damaged by the bench.

On jobsites I have laid them on their sides on hard surfaces
or on wood floors I don’t want to damage.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Manitario

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 12:45 AM

Personally, I keep my plane in a perfect vacuum, hovering above an electromagnet. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but it minimizes any chance that I may slightly dull the blade by resting the plane sole down.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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WayneC

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 12:51 AM

Oh a bubble ball for your plane…. Like that movie. LOL

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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shampeon

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 01:33 AM

If the surface is likely to damage the iron if it moves, on it’s side. Otherwise, on the sole. The act of using the plane does more to dull the iron than just sitting on some wood.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 01:39 AM

Shapeon, Loren and WayneC,

Thanks for the common sense responses.

BJ

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 01:45 AM

Loren: ”...On its sole normally. This on Frank Klausz’s recommendation.
His reasoning is that the iron is more vulnerable to getting
nicked or cutting you if the plane is on its side….”

Loren +10

Yup,... I’ve nicked a knuckle once on the blade when laying the plane on its side. I now place them on their soles, that is as long as what I am placing them on is wooden (workbench, particle board shelf, etc.).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Picklehead

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 01:53 AM

You guys have me so scared now I’m going to turn my tablesaw upside down every time I’m done using it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Don W

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#11 posted 08-31-2013 12:37 PM

On it sole for me. I know the elm bench top won’t hurt it. What I slide into it may.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bogeyguy

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#12 posted 08-31-2013 01:10 PM

What?? You jocks don’t have a leather plane holster. Come on folks, this is the twenty first century. :)

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#13 posted 08-31-2013 01:25 PM

Bogey, try that with an eight! Over the shoulder shotgun holster maybe?
Ben, on the sole. Just remember to pick it up and not slide it. I usually keep a thin(1/8”) strip of wood on my bench and put the toe on it.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Bill White

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#14 posted 08-31-2013 01:59 PM

On the side ‘cause that’s the way I was taught.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#15 posted 08-31-2013 02:40 PM

I actually have some leftover pieces of cork flooring in the drawer where my planes go. My wife gave me her grandpa’s old dresser for the shop so planes go in a drawer. If I set them on their sole, they’re safer than if I set them on their side where one plane could knock into another one and bork the iron. I don’t have a lot of planes. Just 4 or 5, so they all fit in the drawer just fine and dandy.

If I have them out and using them, they’re on the bench which has a wood top and I just set ‘em down however is convenient. That’s usually on their sole.

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