What a recently discovered bug in England and a plane have in common.

While reading the newspaper today I encountered a fascinating story. Scientists in England discovered the first known creature to develop a machine like gear, a mechanism never before observed in nature. The small insect's legs include four pinions (one on each leg) which are interlocked to enable him to synchronize his jumps in perfect alignment in order to exert fantastic propulsion. 

This is all explained in the short video below.. 

So, how is all of this related to woodworking?  It all has to do with the Stanley 113 Compass plane. This plane uses the same mechanism to synchronize the flexing of its sole to achieve perfect curvatures. Stanley stopped making this plane decades ago and passed the butane to the German company, Kuntz who makes a decent clone of it.  I heard that Tom Lie Nielson is working on his own version of the 113.  Let's cross our fingers for that…

 Read more about the Stanley 113 plane here: http://www.oldtooluser.com/TypeStudy/StanNo113cpTypestudy.htm 

 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.