When I started out on my woodworking journey about eighteen months ago, I acquired most of my tools from the likes of Ebay and car boot sales. One such tool was a boxed, in excellent condition, Record No50 Combination plane with a full set of blades, which I bought for a very good price. I couldn’t have been more chuffed!
I started a project recently where I needed to use it, but once it was out of the box and put together, I found of course it was made for a right handed woodworking world. Something which never occurred to me when I bought it.
Being a total lefty, trying to use it as a righty, is completely alien to me. Holding it correctly, or even just keeping it level, I find near on impossible. My body position is of course all wrong and my co-ordination is all over the place. I have practiced on some cheap pine, but I can’t say I’m getting any better. Consequently, I’m not letting it anywhere near the oak clock case i’m building. I’m disappointed because potentially, there is so much I could do with it.
Anyone other lefties out there have problems? And if so how do you overcome them? If at all.
I dont have that problem , but my son does. I have taught him to go real slow and train his muscles one step at a time.
Start with the iron real shallow and just slide the tool until it gets smooth then take small steps. It will probably never be 10% bu you should be able to use the tool.
With a lot of practise you can do stuff with your off hand.
I’ve been avoiding the plough planes for this very reason – but I’m getting to the point where I want one to use on some projects.
I am in the process of building a new workbench (‘shakerish’ style) and it has a total of 14 drawers. I would have to say I would not have designed it this way without this plane. It is a joy to use and works very well.
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