Hand planes

How to Hold Thin Stock Building small boxes or any smaller project means you will end up with narrow and short pieces but especially thin stock. Being able saw and plane these small parts requires…

This challenge is all about milling a board. In essence I want you to make a block that is approximately 1x4x6" in size. Rarely do we need to have a perfect piece that is flat…

Fewer Planes, More Saws & Chisels In this session I walk through each lesson of the semester and comment on how I do things differently. The simplest way to sum up how my personal approach…

  Live Edges, Parallel Clamps, and Flattening Wide Surfaces We had some good questions this month from how to keep the bark on a live edge, how to clamp up a panel flat, a long…

  Many Sizes, but One Will Work For Now Hand planes attract a lot of people to this style of woodworking. But usually I find that many acquire too many planes too fast and this…

  Save Your Back and Get Flatter Boards I won't be the last person to compare planing to Tai Chi nor am I the first. Hand planing is really all about working from the legs…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/dszilnvekc?embedType=iframe&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 You Can't Make Furniture Out of Just One Part With so much talk about milling our boards flat and square, we tend to forget about one incredibly important aspect of the whole process of…

  A Bevel Makes Glue Up Easier Match planing makes the angle of your edge irrelevant when you are making a panel. It simplifies the process but it is not idiot proof. I started introducing…

  At least once a week someone contacts me stating that their boards are always thinner at the far end of the planing stroke. It’s simple enough to say this is a problem solved with…

  If you don't know how the board is shaped now, how will we ever get it flat? You have to read the high spots and focus on only those until you get a board…

  Knowing how to use a hand plane starts with knowing all of its parts. Not just what they are called but what they do and why. Once you have a feel for all the…

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…

  Building the Joinery Bench Top If you were only building a bench on bench design, then you could complete this step and be done with the build other than the vise installation. The top…

  This was a great live session with a wide variety of topics in the hopper before I started and some great questions during the event. During this session I discussed: End Grain Planing Jointer…

WoodSmith Plans that inspired the Pierced Dado
This live session covers 3 topics: Which Plane to use when How to quickly chop the relief area for a stopped dado A Finger Joint…

 I only got one email question, but there was pretty short notice so I'm hoping that next month there will be more to address. At the same time, in my own verbose way, I managed…

  No Matter the Shape of the Edge, You Can Sharpen It So you want to be able to sharpen any woodworking tool? But here we are kicking off semester two already.  Yes I put…

  3 Board Case Studies Flattening a Long Board Flattening a Wide Panel Flattening a Wide & Long Board Flattening a Long Board Now that you guys have been working by hand for a bit…

  Video Quick Links Why Inlay? Making the Inlay Scribing the Inlay Making the Recess Hide Glue Introduction Planing Inlay Flush Practice Inlay is usually relegated to decorative applications.  I think this is true for…

  Video Quick Links Project Introduction Rough Cutting Parts Case Dovetails Top Rail Case Assembly Interior Joinery Front Cleat Back Slats Shaping Case Sides Glue Up The Drawer French Cleat Conclusion Build a Saw Til…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/zslr3knkdt?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Video Quick Links Project Requirements Sawing Parts to Size Planing Parts The Panel Joint Sawing Hook Assembly Panel Flattening Sawing the Panel & Clean Up Paring Hook Assembly Apply Your Skills and Build Some…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/bpxicr6c2l?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Video Quick Links Lesson Introduction Reading the Grain Dealing with Knots Controlling Tear Out Figured Woods Planing Technique Scrub vs Fore Plane Preparing to Plane a Board Flattening a Sample Board Elminating Twist Squaring…

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…