This may be a stupid question, although I hope not: what's the best way to store hand/block planes?
I've a few asstd. ones I've always kept stored on their sides on a shelf. Many years ago, at school, they were stored upright which always seemed wrong to me. Wouldn't that be more likely to result in dulled/damaged blades? The reason I ask is 'cos I friend of mine (a fellow woodworker with quite a few more years experience than I) borrowed my "workshop" and put them back upright.
When I asked him about it, he said it made no difference, that on a properly adjusted plane the heel protects the blade.
I don't know, I'm not a plane afficiando and rarely use them. I prefer spokeshaves, even for scribing in, because they're so much more versatile! And I have more problems controlling the "roll" planes, but Ssssh! Don't spread that around. ;]
Still, it seems to me that on a properly adjusted blade the heel should be /flush/ with the blade and if it should be carelessly put down on a vagrant nail or whatever it could easily be damaged. Am I wrong? What's the consensus?
Not that it makes any difference to me... I'll probably persevere with my way anyway; it's become force of habit. [shrug]