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Don W

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 12:05 AM

I have never thought through the whole physics of the different kinds of planes, but that would be a cool study. If you undertook it, i’m sure you’d find it has to do with several factors, of which basic evolution would not be completely eliminated.

Asian wood workers were shorter, and often worked while sitting, and even iof they were not, theyu had short benches or worked on the floor. Westerner used table height benches. A bech for wood planes is shorter than metallic because of the thickness of the plane.

Also the push pull factor, and the type of wood. Chinese planes have thicker irons and no chip breaker. Interesting topic!

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