Hand plane question

  • 14 Dec 2018 12:39 PM
    Message # 6959838

    Hello All.

    Not sure if he still visits these forums but I had a question regarding hand planing motions. I notice that on many videos, Rob is trying to talk and work to prepare stock at the same time. While doing this, he will twist the plane to clear shavings, etc. Having been in construction myself and now noticing the downside of unnatural motions, I am wondering if Rob has any elbow or tendon issues from years of repetitive twisting. The 5 1/2 is a fairly heavy tool and every time I see him do this I cringe at thinking how the elbow and wrist are not at all designed to deal with that movement- both starting and stopping the inertia developed. 

    Please don't take this as a criticism, as safety is something we all talk about but I feel we can easily forget to adhere to in practice. I just wanted to start the conversation because we all admire the work Rob does and can easily be influenced in our habits both good and bad.

  • 18 Jan 2019 5:48 PM
    Reply # 7009224 on 6959838

         I agree to a certain extent. Most of the time, you see him reach with his left hand and clear the shavings. he does this much more often than twisting the plane. but, he does twist the plane. I see him twisting more when he doesn't have two hands free.

         I think there is an aspect that we may be discounting. Most of us woodwork as a hobby. Rob does this for a living. As a hobby our bodies are far less capable of building it's own preventative measures to protect us from some of these overuse injuries. After these constant and repeated movements, our bodies will build up stabilizer muscles and tenons that you don't even know exists, where as those of us that do it every now and then are more subject to injuring these joints. 

         I know I have elbow and wrist issues, but has nothing to do with movements such as this. I feel as this is probably an issue that is not really worth spending time thinking about. I think we should be more concerned with issues such as where that plane is stored. What are the movements required in retrieving that plane from it's home, and how convenient this placement is. The biggest issue I have found is the fact that we don't think about our woodworking as a physical activity. Our bodies are more susceptible to these overuse injuries when we do not prepare ourselves for these movements. what I am saying is, the temperature in the shop and how tight our bodies are is much more of an issue than the twisting movement of the plane.  

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