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10-11-2021 02:11 PM

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#1 posted 10-11-2021 02:26 PM

Hard to tell if this is a serious question or someone using a burner account to stir the pot…

It’s called a nib and it is decorative.

Lots of places to read the discourse arguing one thing or another as to what to with one, but PopWood had a decent (and short) article on it once.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 10-11-2021 08:17 PM

Thanks Smitty. It was an honest question. If I knew this it must have been decades ago and I’ve forgotten. But I like to think I never knew. Glad you showed me.

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#3 posted 10-11-2021 08:32 PM



Thanks Smitty. It was an honest question. If I knew this it must have been decades ago and I’ve forgotten. But I like to think I never knew. Glad you showed me.

- Skipper357

Yeah you’ll hear some far fetched ideas of what it was for. I’ve heard things like it was used as a sight like a gun, have heard it was used to clean out a kerf, and heard it was used as some type of gauge for cutting holes to depth in some profession, but none of them made any sense to me in practice. We’ll never really now for certain but Chris’s article is the best modern interpretation.

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#4 posted 10-11-2021 10:22 PM



Thanks Smitty. It was an honest question. If I knew this it must have been decades ago and I’ve forgotten. But I like to think I never knew. Glad you showed me.

- Skipper357

Excellent, no worries!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 10-12-2021 01:55 AM

If I can see the nib when sawing, my shoulder is probably not in alignment with the saw.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#6 posted 10-12-2021 02:35 AM

My guess has been it’s something left over from the making of the saw to make the outline of the saw. The nib would fit into a fixture or the jig to cut the teeth or holes for the handle.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 10-16-2021 04:00 PM

cough ... ROFLMAO

the nib is simply a depth gauge to tell you not to withdraw the saw any(much) further before starting on the down stroke

-- Devin, SF, CA

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