Planes

Time for another buying guide live session. This time it's all about hand planes. There are a lot of variables when it comes to hand planes and a lot of it depends on personal preference…

The Jack Plane is a highly versatile plane. A case could be made for using it as a woodworker's one and only bench plane. Compromises need to be made for this to hold true but…

Moulding planes scare a lot of people.  They have odd shaped irons and soles, no fence, and wedges that make adjusting them hard.  Moreover, there is a conception that moulding planes are like router bits…

The Shoulder plane can have many names and most of the time the name has to do with the task being performed.  Rabbet, Dado, Fillister, and Shoulder are all common examples and though one can…

I have made no secret of the fact that Spokeshaves are my favorite tool.  They are highly versatile tools and open the door to work that scoffs at straight lines.  Using one of these shaves…

The Block plane is said to have originally gotten that moniker because it was used by butchers to clean and level their chopping blocks.  How true this is I'm not sure, but there is no…

The Plow plane is a specialty joinery plane used for cutting grooves, rabbets, and even filisters (cross grain rabbets).  Of course all of these joints can be cut with merely a chisel or saw, but…

In English cabinetmaker shops, the scrub plane was not found. Instead a larger plane with a heavily cambered iron was used called the Fore plane. Supposedly because it was used before any other. In today's…

The Router plane is a specialty joinery plane.  It is essentially a hooked blade set into a flat sole.  The angled blade was sometimes referred to as an "old woman's tooth".  You set the depth…

The Thickness Planer of the Hand Tool Shop The Scrub plane is the hand tool woodworker's thickness planer. This plane is a beast designed to take thick shavings. I mean thick,…

The jointer plane is used to flatten and true a surface. In the past it may have been known as a trying plane because it flattened and squared faces making them "tried and true". These…

This is the hand tool woodworker's sandpaper.  It is a small plane anywhere from 6-12 inches long.  It should have a flat sole and a tight mouth to allow the plane to take a very…