I’m glad to hear that you are having fun with the plane. Transition planes were always a favorite of carpenters, lighter than metal planes so they were easier to transport, and they give a wood-on-wood feel that a lot of people prefer. As I have said before, they offer a real good value for the money they cost (in my area anyway) compared to metal planes. If you are doing finer work and the body has been used to the point that you have a wide mouth on it, you can re-mouth the plane with a inset patch. Many cabinet makers prefer the heavier weight of metal planes but I haven’t found that to be an issue in my work. Wooden planes (and transition planes) did great work for hundreds of years before metal planes came on the scene and I would like to see them get more attention among users.
Reply To: Transitional Plane TipsMike in TN2015-08-19T12:12:45-04:00