Monday, 6 August 2012
Stalwart Wooden Planes
The jack plane wouldn't win a beauty competition but it's actually a pleasure to use. Clearly, the original handle had come adrift at some time under its previous ownership and the quick fix had been to ram a sturdy piece of dowel in its place, a simple solution which works extremely well. Compared to the usual type of handle, this one has the advantage of making the plane as easy to use with a pull stroke as a push and thus very adaptable to the contrary grain directions of a glued board. Likewise, the old coffin smoother in the background is a battered old campaigner but very user friendly. I find its smoothly contoured body very easy on the hands - certainly more comfortable for a job like this than the cast iron type of smoother.