At the cost of planes, if a certain thickness is desirable, it's generally better just to dedicate an entire vintage plane to a single thickness.custard":38lii63w said:The Bridge City block plane looks to have some interesting and (for some woodworkers) relevant features. A double ended iron, with a different angle on each end, is such an obvious benefit it's surprising it's never been offered before. And the "skids"concept, for thicknessing small components, is a great idea. Like many woodworkers I make skids by using double sided tape to attach shimming blocks to the plane sole. It works well enough, but it's a bit of a faff and doesn't always offer the repeatability that this design has.
Well done Bridge City. Their high prices means they're not appropriate for everyone (and I'm the first to recognise that they're not "necessary" for anyone), but it's great to see that the spirit of ingenious improvements to hand tools didn't die with the Victorians.
I thought the same and decided it was because its the same shape as the millers falls "buck rogers" plane handles.AndyT":3akf03lx said:The rear handle on the smoothing plane has been bugging me since this thread started.
hard to watch without wincing, but oddly entertaining! It is a pity he could not have tested more vintage vices. I suppose the newer vices - at least the high-end ones - must benefit from better quality machining and materials, but I wonder how much difference it makes?TFrench":1x2bmzd9 said: