The one thing that chaps me a little bit about the heavy slab type work like that is the mix of curves and straight lines, but also the plain checkering on the knurls makes the knurl look the same as something you'd get from industrial supply. Take a look at the knurling on the older infill planes, and even on the lowly stanley depth adjuster wheel. It's segmented and wonderful.Trevanion":3ehmmput said:I said they looked nice I didn't say they were at all practical! :lol:MikeG.":3ehmmput said:
He/she? does have some neat looking adjusters on his/her? other planes though.
The change from classical design to industrial design is probably responsible for the loss of some of those details. The same thing can be seen on heavy equipment. The castings and fixtures on the old machinery were really wonderful.
Fair to say, though, I don't know a thing about machine making so maybe others have a great appreciation for that look.