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Posted on Why don't hand planes put the blade near the back?

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 02:39 AM

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! What has my head scratching is my recent exposure to Chinese planes with rear handles for pushing, but the blade still in the rear. It made me think again, because I could no longer tell myself it was something to do with the push/pull division. And since then I have noticed old Western wooden jointer planes with the blade in the rear.

There must be some design element to this. In my mind’s eye, I can imagine a blade in the rear being helpful as you enter the wood, and the blade in the front being helpful as you ride along and exit. That is, if the extra length of the sole is there to minimize cupping and rounding over as you plane. And heck, why not split the difference and put the blade in the middle?

:) I’ll open another beer and ponder some more.

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