Your growing interest in the Jumma smoothing plane deserves some inside information. I have put this plane through its paces of late and found it to satisfy my greatest demands. Can I fine a better make anywhere? I don’t think so. This plane equals the best of the rest and researching its background encourages me to see that where the rest left off, Jumma saw the niche and took up the slack. Dieter Schmid invested in his belief that woodworkers needed an affordable plane and came up with the goods without compromising quality.
I took a look at the inside details before I ever wrote the article on it for The Woodworker magazine three months ago. It’s got sumptuous castings that hold up well and the machining tolerances are great. Take a look at the minutiae that make up the core essentials and see what you think. Stainless steel pins and threaded adjustments means no rusted parts and the core of the Bedrock details established almost a century ago and abandoned for decades now live on in the Jumma models produced by Dieter Schmid and his Fine Tools company based in Europe. I think we will see more of this type of development as the standards amatuer woodworkers demand match and even surpass those accepted by the professionals.
I use this one as part of my woodworking demonstrations in my woodworking courses here at the woodworking school and also other woodworking schools I attend at. This model shows the impact we woodworkers are achieving in increasing the demands for high quality tools to parallel high quality, at-the-bench instruction in the artisan workshops around the globe. These types of tools go hand in hand with our Campaign for Real Woodworking strategy because these are real tools equal to the task and indeed fit for purpose.