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whatwasithinking
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:13 am    Post subject: For the folks who might wish for faster stick-making... Reply with quote

These planes, if they can be called that, were used in a Chinese bow-making factory. They're very, very fast at cutting a stick, but are a little tricky to sharpen.

Stick rough-out plane:


Violin stick plane:


Cello stick plane:
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Mat Roop
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting!... do you suppose the blades could be removed if it is a heat sensitive glue and then each blade would be sharpened individually?
Thanks for posting... Mat
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whatwasithinking
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mat,

I was told that they have children doing the sharpening, and that they sometimes cut themselves badly. The blades are glued solidly in place. I don't own these, but did see and handle them.

Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A gang of scrapers. I've used a similar tool for inletting barrels into gun stocks.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think the blades are removed for sharpening. Replacing them would be a pain, and getting them all to line up would be an even bigger pain. I suppose there is some sort of sharpening jig, probably along the lines of a Foley Belsaw Saw Sharpening machine.

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whatwasithinking
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting that something similar is used for trimming rifle stocks. I've also seen a similar tool advertised as a Japanese furniture plane, but a search turned up nothing. Admittedly, it looks like a set of scrapers.

The person who showed these to me visited the factory where they are used, and watched workers use them. He said they cut wood very quickly indeed. He also watched kids sharpen them, one blade at a time, sometimes drawing a significant amount of blood. The blades are not removable--at least not without considerable effort.

I should have tried using them to rough out a stick!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazing.

Thank for this, whatwasithinking.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some bowmakers who use one:

http://wolfcrafter.blogspot.com/2010/08/long-bow-making-workshop-kent-july-2010.html

I recently accelerated my bow stick production by adding handles to my block plane:

http://www.veritastools.com/Content/Assets/ProductInfo/EN/05P2215AI.PDF

Ed
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought maybe I'd only dreamed that they were called Japanese furniture planes. It looks like this version of the plane rounds the stick, and that the cutout is very large.

I like your plane, Ed!

Edit:

Looks like there are two varieties of handles, to accommodate different sized hands. What angle is the bevel on your blade(s) for this plane? Do you swap out several blades on this plane as your move along, gradually increasing the angle?
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