Chapter 7
Another strip thinning tool.
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In Dennis Diderots Le Luthier circa 1750, plate 8 vol 5, fig 38 is pictured a fillerie a filets or strip thinning tool. This tool works good and if you choose to make one have a black smith forge a thick blade so you will have less chatter. The thin modern plane irons tend to chatter.If your wood is very dry and brittle moisten it and it will not break as easily when pulling. Set the iron on a slight angle to allow the strip to feed into the blade.To prepare the wood to be thinned saw rough strips with a handsaw, table saw or band saw,planeing the next piece smooth before sawing.Put the planed side down in the strip thinning tool set the iron or put the weight on the gravity type and pull the strips to dimension.