How do you set down a plane?

Forum: Hand Tools

So folks how do you set down your planes? Another photo that caused offence on face book recently was this one. So many comments of lay you plane on its side.

In the shop growing up as a kid I’d get a clip round the ear for putting a plane on its side so never do it only on a concrete floor or a metal surface and here’s why;
Your more likely to cut yourself on the exposed blade.
Your more likely to knock the exposed blade.
Set can be lost laying it on its side.
It’s less stable so more likely to fall on the floor.

These guys are professionals and they stick to high school rules.

Setting a plane down flat will not damage the edge if it did every time you set it on a board to use it it would be blunt.

So let’s here it then guys how and what do you do and why?

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Bo Peep ...

I never had the opportunity to do woodwork in school and my dad’s trade was in the pubs so I can pour the perfect pint but everything else I’ve had to pick up along the way. To me it just seems more natural to keep the plane the right way up. I’m accident prone and I’d rather that blade stayed well enough away from me (obviously unless sharpening) and I agree that it is less stable on it’s side. It was designed to be upright and everywhere else I’ve gone they’ve been left upright. I also look at it as you wouldn’t leave the sharp edge of a chisel or gouge pointing at you so why set a plane on it’s side?

David E. ...

Everyone’s an expert on the internet! I don’t know what’s right or not, but I set them down sole down as well.

Manitario ...

Face down in their cabinet as I have an anti-rust mat they rest on. On the bench I rest them on their side as I’m irrationally paranoid about dulling the blade if I rest them face down.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Well as a rank amateur I put them sole down on the bench, never put them on the concrete floor and when done they go, sole down, in a rack that lifts the nose. I don’t get too paranoid about the edge getting dull, perhaps I should but it’s just easier and more stable to lift it.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Good glad most are on my wave length! Manitario why are you worried about dulling the edge? If that was the case every time you set it into the cut you would dull it.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Well, you do, but that’s part of the process, sharpen, cut, dull, sharpen. Does putting an edge on a very soft bit of wood actually dull the blade if it’s not actually cutting?

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

I cook, I love to cook and I’m good at it. My knives cut on wood, yea they get dull from cutting the bones, but I’d never cut on steel. wood cannot dull steel if there is no cutting.

a1jim ...

As long as your not putting your planes on a surface that will dull the blades then blade down is fine.

Manitario ...

Whitacre…like I said, irrationally paranoid!

Timothy ...

Just toss it in the drawer

Bentlyj ...

Start with lowering the landing gear…..

Richforever ...

I pet them and thank them and place them sole down on wood.

HorizontalMike ...

FACE down on a wood surface. FWIW, I used to be paranoid about this and made a habit of putting my planes on there sides,… that is until I cut my knuckles up when they struck the exposed cutter. THAT changed my habit quickly… ;-)

Whitacrebespoke ...

Mike, exactly what and why my dad taught me sole down also he had dropped and broken a beautiful one he had got second hand that had been laid on its side.