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Derek Cohen

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 03:25 AM

Fatigue (due to pushing a heavy plane) is really irrelevant.

I often use my #3 when I m working on the interior in a boat. This can be at chest hight, above my head, vertically or in awkward positions. In those cases weight most certainly is an issue. Not everyone uses a plane the same way you do so a blanket statement like “fatigue is irrelevant” is kind of shortsighted.

- Lemwise

Working overhead is an atypical situation for furniture makers :) Note that I was referring to the process of smoothing for furniture makers. The OP asked about planes for use on a bench.

In your situation I would imagine (since I have not built a boat or worked on the interior, as you do) that there would be a preference for light woodies or block planes. Perhaps you could share with us what works for you. It is interesting.

Regards from Perth


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