Learn how to get peak performance out of your hand plane. This video overview will show you how to dismantle a typical metal bodied woodworker’s plane and then clean it, hone (fettle) the sole to optimal flatness, and then reassemble all the parts accurately and confidently. Even old or damaged planes can be repaired, adjusted, and made like new again. It’s easier than you think.
In this quick video, I discuss the parts of the handplane including the sole, mouth (or throat), handle, knob, cap iron, cap lever, cap-iron (or chip-breaker), blade, frog, and various adjustments screws. I’ll then demonstrate the easily mastered techniques that will bring new life into old planes – the same process I used to revive a once rusty and neglected, 1907 Bailey (Stanley Tool Works) #5 Jack Plane I found in a junk bin for $25. Come along for the ride, fix what’s wrong, and you’ll be planing like the pros in no time. (10 Minute Video)
Using a hand plane seems like a lost art. Even many experienced woodworkers have never picked up a hand plane. So whether you are a beginner just starting, or you’ve been working wood for years with power tools, now is the time to master the art of planing wood without machines. Handplanes open up a new world of possibilities.
In this video, I demonstrate how to secure your work to a bench, adopt the correct stance, and use the right method to grip the plane. You’ll also learn how to use winding sticks to straighten bowed, twisted and warped stock. Success comes from a combination of proper tool selection, tuning, and set-up, as well has your physical technique. (8 Minute Video)
Are you making any of these mistakes? In this “what not to do”, segment, I’ll show you the wrong way to use a hand plane, and reveals some of the most common mistakes many users of wood hand planes often make. You’ll see how an improperly tuned plane used on a shaky, flimsy workbench can quickly lead to frustration. The end result, a clogged plane and gouged workpiece. 3 Minute Video