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    Yes a play on words….

    I have watched Paul on I’m sure every single video he has out out. It was only just recently that I realized something I had missed so many times before. I was re watching the first video I had seen with Paul. A man, a couple of saw horses..some pine and a plane. He started on the end of the board and worked his way back. I have seen him do this many times, but it never made sense to me. I had always believed that the plane needed to rest on the trued surface it made as it was doing work. I forget which video it was where I finally heard what he had been saying so many times before. He was removing a bow out of a piece of stock, pressure to the rear of the plane, more just keeping it in contact and pumping the plane to and fro till no shavings came off the blade. that is when it hit me. the longer sole to the rear of the blade is what governs the cut keeping it true, not the portion in front of the blade.

    Am I correct in this thinking?


    That’s how I’ve always understood it too, the front section is there to protect the blade, and to give a place to apply pressure when that is needed. Sometimes it’s used to keep everything level, on end grain more than anything I think.

    Also, a thing I notice Paul to does is that he starts close to the end when taking off a lot, works his way back, then does final clean up as one long sweeping motion from start-end. It’s the last sweeping motion where the flatness of the sole, and contact is [i]most[/i] important.


    I would simply reply that “that is the way it is done” I started following Paul as although I served my apprenticeship as a carpenter / joiner it’s many years since I was on the tools and wanted to refresh my skills. So it’s interesting to me to see the questions people new to the trade ask. Maybe it’s just me but if my tradesman said to start planning at the far end of a length of timber, I just did it, reasoning he knew best as he had much more experience than me. I’d say that the craft has been around for millennia and we use the techniques and methods we do as they have withstood the test of time.


    The fact is the younger people where not brought up with the idea that you did as told by a elder, that they had years of experience. Also they are not exposed to the trades as children.The resent notes on sandpaper and wedges so well show, I am not putting them down, it’s not there fault, they just are not exposed to the trades unless a parent did so. The education system has limited there exposure to only the academics and even that they are being limited because the system is holding them back so the slower are not left behind.
    Sandpaper has ratings by grits stating at about 60 and going up to ? 600 or more, there are higher and lower grits for special needs but the norms have been around for a hundred years or more. The young people today only see what the retail trade has packaged for the uneducated. Look at some electrical items today, the standard color code is not there, the item is not made to be repaired and it saves money if you don’t need to stock a number of different colors of wire. Disposable and cost rule, not proper practices.

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

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