I know it is the dumbest question in woodworking ever, probably, and it was posted many times. But all the answers I was able to find seemed to me inconclusive.
They said, that BU planes are good for planing end grain. Well, are there any other types of bench planes particulary weak at this task? In my opinion, planing end grain doesn’t require cap iron/chp breaker (because shaved grains won’t raise grains next to them, or would do that marginally at least), so there is nothing advantageous here. What could make a difference it would be having BU plane iron grounded to shallow angle, let’s say 20 degrees (so it would make 20+12,5=32,5 degree angle), but as far as I know it is not a common practice.
Also, they said that that type of woodworking plane is good to use with shooting board. It makes some sense to me, because in this type of plane the iron is somewhat “hidden” behind plane’s cheeks, so there is less chance to accidentaly change lateral angle of the iron when gripping the plane at its side. But again, there were constructions designed especially for shooting boards…
And for last – I am not aware, if there are (were?) woodworking planes that combine BD iron with cap iron (let’s say on fixed frog, or even solid “base” atached permanently to plane body) with “moveable sole part” throat opening adjustment, just like in BU planes? Are there any?
Any comments are welcome 🙂
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