Blisters from planing...

  • 06 Oct 2017 2:16 PM
    Message # 5299583

    Gentlemen (and Rob),

    So I am making about a dozen boxes (I'll show you a picture if I can get the website to cooperate) of my little retirement hobby and part of the process requires me to shoot the ends of 4 pieces of what I will call a window stop, around the interior perimeter of the box.  I have used several sizes of Bailey planes 5, 5 1/2, & 7 and all of them seem to give me a blister on the palm of my hand just below my thumb.  Short of wearing a glove for this operation, do any of you have any suggestions to overcome this, or am I just having too much fun with my planes...

    Thanks and regards to all,

    Fairly Reliable Ray in Omaha

    Last modified: 06 Oct 2017 2:48 PM | Anonymous member
  • 07 Oct 2017 10:25 PM
    Reply # 5301859 on 5299583

    I have a good solve for your problem. I use a handplane everyday. I'm talking every single day!!!! It seems to be that you maybe putting too much pressure on your plane, I know the exact spot you are talking about. I used to get it too, here is the solve. RELAX!!! I was super tense and putting way too much pressure on the plane. I was trying to pull it towards the work, and pushing down, and pushing forward. My arm and shoulder would be burning. And palm blistered up and sore. My advice is. Sharpen the heck outta the plane. Spend about an extra 5 secs on the stone. Set the finest cut possible, relax your grip and your body, and let the plane and shooting board do the work. If you have to push to hard either lighten the cut or resharpen. Also. Clamp your board to the bench, that will alleviate the need to hold the shooting board in place. I also make sure that my right shoulder, elbow and wrist are all in line when shooting. It helps to relax and maintain a smooth movement. The movement for sawing and the movement for shooting is almost the same.

  • 08 Oct 2017 10:10 AM
    Reply # 5302121 on 5299583

    And don't forget to wax the sole of the plane, it makes a big difference.


  • 25 Oct 2017 7:25 PM
    Reply # 5355820 on 5299583


    I saw Rob putting on a double cotton glove when shooting or is it chuteing recently. 

    That is what I have resorted doing.  Just thought I was being a I can wear my one glove (aka Michael Jackson) without any repercussions...

    Fairly Reliable Ray from Omaha

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