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Posted on Another Hand Plane Question...corrugated vs. flat

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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 04-18-2018 08:36 PM

Using full width of plane on surface of board, almost no difference between 2 versions.

As Loren suggested, corrugated versions pick up less resin on soft pine. In my case, I dislike using corrugated plane on any board with resin pockets or even glue residue. Over time the residue collects in grooves, and eventually; get globs/patches of sticky stuff rolling under plane that redeposit on board. Just makes more work to clean up. For any work with resinous surface, should be cleaning/waxing bottom as you use plane for long periods, so again flat or corrugated makes little difference in how plane works.

One area where flat bottom can be preferred: jointing/planing edges on boards less than actual plane width.
I find corrugated bottoms are harder to keep perfectly level, as board edge can sneak into a groove. Skewing plane at angle reduces the chance for riding into an edge due groove. Is not a serious problem, just something to be aware of while trying to joint 90 degree edge with corrugated plane without using a jig or other means to keep plane square to face.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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