- 14 Jan 2004
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- SE London - NW Kent
In another thread Midnight":65owyrgk said:as a relative new-comer to shoulder planes, I canna help wondering why it's only recently that a manufacturer has given any thought to ergonomics... I mean face it, these things aren't exactly the easiest things to get to grips with. That said, I reckon there's still room for improvement... personally I'd prefer to see a larger radius on the top edges to ensure that my tendons aren't gonna get pulverized..
I thought this was a good question and started to wonder which tools people would consider to be well designed from an ergonomics point of view. I guess the Bailey type planes must figure on the list as I can use them for a long time without discomfort or undue fatigue but I am having a hard time with other things since so much of what we use is purely functional.
I had thought of broadening the question into what one might call the "user interface" that allows the user to accomplish the intended purpose efficiently (thinking here if the Titemark marking gauge for example) but decided that this was too fuzzy.
So if anyone would care to suggest something, I propose it conform with a strict definition of ergonomics as
"The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort"