from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In carpentry, a plane intermediate in length and use between the jack-plane and the long plane. See cuts under plane.


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  • Every carpenter who shaves with a fore-plane borrows the genius of a forgotten inventor.

    Representative Men

  • These four planes, the jack-plane, the fore-plane, the jointer, and the smooth-plane, are essentially alike, and directions for the use of one apply to all.

    Handwork in Wood

  • The _fore-plane_, 22 "to 26" long, and the _jointer_, 28 "to 30" long, are large planes, similar to the jack-plane, except that the cutting edge is straight.

    Handwork in Wood

  • "The tongue of his fore-plane whistles its wild ascending lisp;" or how lovingly listened to the nocturne of the mockingbird to have turned it into words in "A Word out of the Sea"!

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • Carpenters, in using the fore-plane, draw it towards them instead of pushing it from them.

    Foot-prints of Travel or, Journeyings in Many Lands

  • For school use, where the jack-plane is used for all purposes, the cutter is usually ground almost straight and only the corners rounded as in the smooth-plane and the fore-plane. [

    Handwork in Wood

  • This photograph shows clearly the hinged ailerons fixed at the extremities of the plane-ends for maintaining lateral stability: also the rear elevating plane (which acts in conjunction with the fore-plane mounted on outriggers at the front of the machine) and the twin rudders.]

    Learning to Fly A Practical Manual for Beginners


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