In the above video I answer the popular question: “How should you set your hand plane on your woodworking workbench? On the plane’s side? Or on it’s sole?”
I have fun asking this question to serious traditional woodworkers. They all seem to have a strong opinion, one way or another.
Proponents of the “plane down” theory are adamant that placing the hand plane downward will protect the freshly honed iron (blade), and that a workbench should get scuffed up anyway.
Proponents of the “plane on its side” theory argue that the workbench’s nice top should be protected from gouges.
What’s my view? I do both. Why? Because I don’t care one way or another. There are better things to worry about…like how to scratch up some more money to buy more tools.
Do you think it really matters how to set down your hand plane? If so, please feel free to respectfully comment below…
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