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Double-iron planes. Few tools in the woodworker’s repertoire have inspired as many debates among pundits, armchair craftsmen, and makers. Some argue that the best way of dealing with difficult and figured grain is to use a single iron, steep bed angle, and tight mouth. Others disagree, singing the praises of this “new” 18th-century plane technology.
Author and planemaker Steve Voigt seeks to settle this argument. Citing a multitude of period sources as well as modern research, he builds a case for the revolutionary effectiveness of double irons and for the clear advantages these planes offer over their single-iron counterparts. Besides an in-depth historical look and technical comparisons, he offers practical information for troubleshooting, tuning, and using double-iron planes to their fullest.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post announcing the next article in Issue Six…