Handtool Basics #6: History of the Western Handplane

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Blog entry by WoodWorkLIFE posted 01-18-2019 04:53 PM 913 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this video I looked at a few popular hand planes in my collection and through history to show the development of the hand plane from the second century AD through the modern era.

In my collection are the Sandusky model 13, Stanley Bedrock number 5, Stanley Handyman Number 5 (British Stanley), Lie Nielsen Number 5 1/2, and the RALI 260 Evolution N.

I also looked at the Goomanham plane, Stanley Bailey Patent Planes, and the transitional plane

Please let me know if there are any important omissions in the development of the hand planes in the west.

This video was sponsored, feel free to skip the sponsored spot. I just wanted to make sure I shared this with you guys here.

Thanks for watching!

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-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper,

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 04:56 PM

Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 06:57 PM

I enjoyed this one. I’m not knowledgeable enough on them to know if you left anything out. But I will add that if you do get around to making more videos on some of the other traditional plane designs, I think that would be interesting too.

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 07:55 PM

Nicely done.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#4 posted 01-19-2019 01:40 AM

Thanks everyone. I had a couple conversations seeking out about this one before I published it. I anticipated more tumult on this one. Maybe I was wrong.

-- Rick, Keep your tools sharp and your mind sharper,

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