A plane by any other name…

Searching eBay or the web for planes, or plane information is helped if you know what to look for in other languages. Below is a list of potential search terms in other languages. Some of the terms are similar, for example that of a smoothing and a block plane. This is often because “block planes” as a type evolved more in North America – in fact R.A. Salaman’s  “Dictionary of Woodworking Tools” specifies a block plane as being “a range of metal planes about 3-7 in long“. As such this type never really evolved in Europe, not as a wooden plane anyway, and most European words for planes relate to wooden planes. Remember, this is only a guide derived from old European catalogs, books, and information on the internet.



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