dw- Plane notes from the field

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Blog series by Don W updated 11-27-2016 10:04 PM 7 parts 77184 reads 81 comments total

Part 1: dw's plane notes - General

06-28-2011 02:14 PM by Don W | 6 comments »

I started a document on one of my computers for notes I keep on plane information. My issue is I have several work laptops, a few personal laptops and travel a lot so keeping the notes in one place is a challenge. I figured this way, I could get to them from anywhere, including my windows 7 phone when looking at buying a plane, and maybe others would find the information useful as well. I’ll try to break up the information into logical units as separate blogs in this series. As alway...

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Part 2: Brands other than Stanley Bailey and some information I have found.

06-28-2011 02:23 PM by Don W | 9 comments »

These are in no particular order, just as I’ve entered then. This is what I believe to be my opinion in most cases, but often taken from some other source. Use the information as such. Miller Falls – One of my favorite – equal with Stanley. Record Ritter (NH) Buck Bros. (sold by Home Depot) Capewell (logo may be from Capewell Horse Nail Company (1904)) (Hartford CT) about 1950’s. The Consolidated Tool Works is recorded as having don...

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Part 3: dw's Plane Resource sites

06-28-2011 02:46 PM by Don W | 14 comments »

NOTE: I edit this and add sites from time to time. Also note I am not associated with most of these in any way. Also, just because its listed, It is NOT a referral, some I’ve used, some I have not. Use it as if you found it on your own. Please take a look at my blogsPlane Restoration How to Tips for Setting up a bench planeAnd many more General:The mother of all Stanley information ...

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Part 4: How to set a bench plane chip breaker.

06-07-2012 12:50 AM by Don W | 21 comments »

A while ago on the “Hand Planes of your Dreams” thread there was a video pointed out that showed how the angle of the chip breaker affected the planes performance. The thing it didn’t show was how the mouth affected performance as well. It showed that a 80 degree angle on the chip breaker works better than a 50 degree. I checked and most of the planes I have were pretty close to an 80 degree bevel anyhow. At some point I’d like to see if the angle really makes a differ...

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Part 5: A few tips on How to set a handplane.

02-10-2013 01:42 PM by Don W | 10 comments »

Writing a blog about How to set up a Hand Plane will take a series, because it really depends on what you are trying to do. In other words, a smoother will be different than a jack and so forth, but it even goes further than that. At what stage your planing with your smoother will make a difference also. So here is a few tips to get you started, and I’m assuming this is for a smoother, so adjust as needed. - Set the frog far enough ahead so when the blade just starts to cut, it wo...

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Part 6: My Union Planes and what I know about them

01-25-2015 10:01 PM by Don W | 5 comments »

From my web site

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11-27-2016 10:04 PM by Don W | 16 comments »

After a question was posted elsewhere and a discussion pursued, I decided to do some research on WHY WERE HAND PLANES CORRUGATED. Part of my intent was to debunk the theory that Stanley came up with it as a marketing gimmick. I think that was a success. Let me know what you think. The debate rages on. Why are hand planes corrugated. Some say it reduces friction. Some say it does not. Here is what I can dig ...

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