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Accession number 2005.2.0005
Caption Plane, Wood working
Cataloged by Clayton, Pete
Description Plane, Wood working It is 6 1/2 in. long, 2 in. wide and 3 in. high.
A plane, or hand plane, is a device that holds an iron chisel in a fixed position so wood can be evenly removed from the surface of a board. They are used to smooth, thin, and flatten wood, as well as to shape the wood for utilitarian purposes like joints and decorative purposes like edges and molding.

Thanks to the invention of planes, a moderately skilled workman could produce the same quality carpentry that previously had taken a master craftsman countless hours to achieve with a hand chisel.
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