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I can't thank you and your whole team enough for finally putting this seemingly endless question to rest.
Rest assured, I'll be recreating your test in my own shop.
In the interest of fairness, was the Cherry kiln dried or air dried? Did you control the ambient humidity in the lab? Did you measure the shavings with dial calipers?
What was the specific gravity of the liquids used from the pub?
I hope you'll conduct future tests. I'm particularly interested in a real and honest test of hand cut vs. machine cut dovetails. Finally showing that a dovetail saw and a router are not really equal.
Great way to begun my Pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday.
Look for my blog featuring a test of roasting our large, happy turkey featuring the rigorous procedures you and your team followed.
Now, off to the local pub for more testing.
That way, i could copy it accurately and see if the problem is age and not form. I think a newly made version with dovetail sides would go on its own!
The only thing a plane can do, no matter how well tuned, is to follow the basic laws of physics. Specifically: gravity works, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest.
The test may have yielded different results by using an actuator. With these types of equipment tests, the actuator is usually a biomechanical device known as a "human." This, however, changes the test as it becomes dependent on the quality of the "human" used as an actuator. Some are good value, others quite poor.
It may, however, be simpler to redefine what is actually being tested. Experimenters need to do this all the time, as what they initially set out to test becomes moot. Thus, "which plane is better" becomes a much more valuable "which is the better brew carried by our local pub?"
With imagination, one can always find value in even the worst failure.
I appreciate the lengths you'll go to - at your own expense - in order to provide clear and up to date woodworking information for us.
Thank you very much !
(now I need a nap.)
This whole exercise just goes to prove that you should always use a bevel up plane. A bevel up plane would have done a much, much better job. And you never ever have to sharpen them.
Brought a smile and a chuckle to my otherwise dull day!
It's all too obvious.
At least we now understand the secret life of bench planes.
Will installment #2 include your findings from the couple hours of study during the Pub Crawl? Probably make for some interesting navel gazing I'd bet...
May it be that tools are shy of being reported on, a bit like our royal celebs and go to ground when they feel alone and in danger of featuring in a trial report?
This guy doesn't have the same problem with his fridge: (URL no longer available)
The definitive argument in the plane wars!!!