|We routinely get people in the store looking for shoulder planes. They all grab the store samples and you can see the uncomfort on their faces. Very few people hold the Preston/Record/Clifton/LN shoulder planes in the way intended - I'm convinced the instructions were long ago lost - which is why they seem uncomfortable. Grab them by the front with the crux of the thumb and forefinger resting where the lever clamp comes out of the body and the thumb and forefinger grasping the finger holds in the back sides of the plane. Preston, Record, and Clifton cleverly have nice finger depressions right on the back where you grab. Then pull the plane towards you. It's a comfortable grip, you get tons of control, and by pulling towards you, you can see what you are doing, which is the point of a shoulder plane. You don't need the power of pushing the plane - you need the control of guiding the plane - try it you will see. |
For more on the historic side of shoulder planes click here for an article on our content side that I wrote many years ago (1996).
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