A few weeks ago I made some people upset by hitting some handplanes with a hammer in this video to see what they were made of. In the “test” I destroyed a junky Stanley No. 3.
Today I had to settle up in the karma department.
I was installing drawer dividers in a cabinet and was using a combination square to position a vertical divider just so. I put the combination square on my benchtop and reached for another part when my General square fell to the floor. Its 12″ rule leaped out of the head and hopped under my bench.
I picked up the pieces and put them back together. The head wouldn’t grab the blade. I adjusted the locking nut and tried again. No joy. Then I noticed that the fall to the floor caused the square’s locking tab to snap off.
So now I’m out of a square until I can get a new part ordered. The only other combination squares I can find in our shop today are the “loaner” ones. The good ones are are pulling an Anne Frank, apparently.
I swear I’ll never pummel a plane again. OK, are we even now?
– Christopher Schwarz
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