bench planes – thick or thin irons?

From the time they were introduced in the 1860s by Leonard Bailey until quite recently, metal bench planes were supplied with thin irons.   On paper this is a good thing: thin irons are an improvement on thick ones in as far as they are cheaper to make – since they use less material – and … Read more bench planes – thick or thin irons?

bench planes – tapered or parallel blades?

This article is about blades used in wooden planes but there is an interesting parallel between the blade choices available to wooden plane users at the start of the 20th century and the choices facing metal plane users at the start of the 21st (the contemporary choice is between thick vs thin irons, rather than … Read more bench planes – tapered or parallel blades?