18 Oct. 2006|
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This morning I decided to look at all the shoulder planes in our shop, and compare them to the Stanley. Most of these planes have performed fairly well, but they all have problems when you try to do persnickety work. So I decided to true up the soles of several shoulder planes today and see if it improved their performance.
I quite like the tool, but I like rhino-horn-style shoulder planes (the horn is the proboscis at its toe). I hold my shoulder planes differently , I didn’t have a problem and found it comfortable.
Shoulder planes are difficult tools to make (ask any toolmaker), so the fact that Stanley’s is so close is a good sign about what I might find as I set up the rest of the tools in the line. I have the set of Veritas shoulder planes which really do the job & I particularly like the little set screws which work for me. When the new 92 arrived however, I bought one & really like the plane, again the ergonomics are great.
1) The main brass screw on the plane I bought does not have a screw slot as shown in the picture of the plane you have, this makes it almost impossible to undo with your fingers & I have had my machinist cut one in. I don’t understand why it so hard to manufacture a plane with a dead flat sole and if you do manage to make one, it is very expensive.
I rested the shoulder plane on the plywood, hung its sole off the edge and stroked it back and forth over the sandpaper. The plane fettled quickly & works superbly however, the following are disappointments which again point to accountants influence. Robert Lang didn’t like the way the tool fit his hand when he pulled the plane toward him , the horn dug right into his palm.