While hand planes are some of the most iconic tools in the world of woodworking, they represent a mixed bag when it comes to the average Joe or Josephine Woodworker’s everyday workflow. I am convinced, as a person who has come to really appreciate the versatility of these tools, that more people would use them more often if they got better results from their efforts. My favorite hand plane right now is my No. 7 jointer. I use it to flatten and smooth large slabs of lumber that don’t fit into my planer. And one of the great things about that effort is that the lumber is super smooth and ready for a finish when I am done. No sanding required.
Woodworker’s Journal has a great series of videos on hand planes for our print subscribers, where Ernie Conover explains their benefits and offers advice for success. In today’s Weekly, we have opened one of them up to the general public (the series is otherwise gated and available only to our print subscribers) so you can see what I am talking about. Our other video is about a hand plane that is, well … best if you just check it out. Trust me.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
Assembling and Adjusting Hand Planes
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