Let’s Bust Another Myth ** NOT **

Plane Shavings Blog

Since posting this I have talked to several people, most notably, Carl Bilderback of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association, and have reached the conclusion that the wear created by dragging the plane back on the return stroke is increasing the wear bevel on the iron and is therefore adding to the cutting edge wear. That said, I still drag my planes back on the return stroke, though as I stated in a reply to a comment, with significantly lessened pressure. Over time I have noticed no noticeable difference in sharpening intervals when lightly dragging the plane back or lifting it off the work on the return stroke. It is far less fatiguing to drag the plane back on the return stroke than to lift it from the work, especially on a long planning session. BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT BY DOING SO YOU ARE ADDING TO THE CUTTING EDGE WEAR.

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