Filed Under (Hand Planes) by Keith

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)

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High-speed power grinders are one of the most common sharpening tools found in woodworking shops and studios. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and versatile. But sharpening your tools (including plane blades, gouges, and chisels) with this type of grinder comes with a caution. Make sure you don’t overheat the metal. Overheating tool steel will cause it to loose temper, and can destroy or damage your tool. Poorly maintained cutting wheels can contribute to overheating.

In this quick video segment, I will show you how to square up, flatten and de-glaze your grinding wheel with a carborundum stick or diamond embedded dressing/cleaning tool. (1.5 Minute Video)

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