from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bench plane for rough surfacing, usually slightly over one foot in length.
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- n. Alternative spelling of jack plane.
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Realizing that it would take hours for the attendant to trim him down to the proper size, Mark indignantly ordered him to bring a jackplane at once and get the matter over.
Mark indignantly ordered him to bring a jackplane at once and get the matter over.
In colonial times many an humble carpenter vainly scratched his noggin as he puzzled over the hopeless problem of duplicating with rude tools and scant skill the handiwork that graced the lordly mansions of merrie England; to-day some wight who can scarcely distinguish a jackplane from a saw-buck essays to "express himself" (at our expense) in furniture, repeating all the gaucheries that the colonial carpenter could not avoid making.
That comes from the jackplane, and my pushing against it day after day and year after year.
It takes nine baths to get down to American epidermis, and the last bath has a jackplane to go with it, and a thing they scale fish with.