Woodworking Plane

A jointer plane typically has a body length of 22 inches (56 cm) or longer. Even in the 19th century, plow planes, the most treasured plane in a woodworker’s kit, were purchased for show, particularly those made of exotic woods like boxwood, rosewood, and ebony, with ivory for the locking nuts and arm tips. This type of plane is too short to effectively straighten long boards, but is ideal for shaving very thin pieces from a surface or working in a tight corner.

When encountering knots it is helpful to skew the plane a bit and approach the knot at an angle but having the blade sharp is important. You can also use it as a Fore Plane”, to flatten board surfaces if you don’t want to purchase a dedicated No. 6 Fore Plane Wood bodied jointer planes are excellent if you want to spend the time making or refurbishing one sufficiently. It’s not something he’d recommend to beginners because he ended up spending for ever trying to tune up the plane. Until very recently I think Sorby have been a tool supplier that has gained a lot of our custom.

Other plane trade names and manufacturers included Bailey, B-Plane” by Birmingham, Chaplin, Gage, Keen Kutter, Ohio, Sargent, Siegley, Standard Rule, Union, and Winchester. We have two models available one is the standard model and the other is the premium quality plane with 3 brass caps for easy adjustments. H: The tote is a handle on the rear of the plane.(Some aficionados object to the use of the word tote preferring handle). Bull Nose Plane is designed for maximum versatility, it performs as either a bullnose or a chisel plane as required.

I inherited an old plane and I just developed a bruised palm from trying to use it for 20 minutes. For a plane to be identified as a metal” plane, the body and at least part of the sole must be metal, whereas the knob, handle, wedge, fill, and part of the sole can be wood. When the final coat is dry, buff the surface of the plane with 4/0 steel wool and polish with a soft cloth.

When you’re ready to go you’re just going to rock from your back foot to your front foot, and use your body weight to push this plane forward. No Matter what make, size or angle of the blade, without the proper technique you’re NOT going to get Good Results from your Hand Plane. Bailey 556 writes: There are many different sizes of bench planes in the market like a short bench plane is also known as a block plane and its depend on you if you know the right plane. I had been looking for a good plane where the sole is exactly 90 degrees to the sides so I could use it with my shooting board. Many spoke shaves will have seen very little work and are in plentiful supply in second hand tool shops.

There are planes by other makers available and some nice planes are even being produced today, but for the money, the quality and performance of a nice Stanley / Bailey plane or Stanley Bedrock plane can not be matched. Stanley No. 8 Jointer Plane : Longer & heavier than the No. 7. Some people prefer to have the extra length to increase accuracy. Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades Copyright © 2007-2016.

It can be used for cutting grooves, rabbets, shoulders, and other tasks, but I still recommend to start off purchasing a dedicated tongue & groove plane, molding planes, & beading planes (all mentioned below) in addition to a Stanley 45 combination plane. Our advice is impartial, we are not linked financially in any way with any tool manufacturing organisation and we receive no free samples that may blur our judgement or colour our opinion. The book works great as a bench-top reference and self-paced instructional guide and includes many fundamentals of fine woodworking as well.

In this buying guide article I’ll be discussing the handplanes that you need when starting out in traditional woodworking. The challenge was to see which method was quicker in prepping parts of a small table. The makers of barrels (coopers) and coaches even had their own special kinds of planes. A jack plane is slightly shorter than a jointer plane, with a length from 12 to 17 inches (30 to 43 cm).

I still use a planer and router, but I find a jointer plane is actually more accurate. Add to that fact that the cutter is so narrow and you can see why you’d be working way too hard to plane a typical carcase side. You can get a starter set of quality older planes (I prefer the pre-war Stanley’s), the MK11, and a couple stones for what you pay for 1 high end plane. I already have most of the power tools needed..No idea where to start for hand tools..The big box stores around here don’t have much, and i cant find a small tool shop. Mount one of the plane bodies in a clamp and use a rasp to shape the back-end profile.

At the end of this course you should be able to get a smooth surface on a squirrelly piece of wood using a plane with a razor sharp blade. When rough lumber is reduced to dimensional lumber , a large electric motor or internal combustion engine will drive a thickness planer that removes excess wood to create a uniform, smooth surface on all four sides of the lumber and may also plane the edges. These excellent irons are to be found on our Make-it-yourself page The plans are also there.

Was careful to check/straightedge the sole before bidding, did a little fine tuning to the plane as per the world according to Hack”, added a thick Hock blade and now have a sweet smoother for less than $50. Instead of being expelled from the center of the plane and exiting from the top, these planes have a slit in the side by which the shaving is ejected. This also removes the need to spend any elbow grease if the tool is already flat enough and square enough for use.

I think I would rather buy a new one atlest I would know all the parts are there and in working order. If you have a plane ordered this will allow me to concentrate on those tools and get them into your hands. A: The mouth is an opening in the bottom of the plane down through which the blade extends, and up through which wood shavings pass. I’ve also used the Stanley No. 148 Come & Go” Tongue & Groove Plane , but didn’t like it quite as much as the Stanley No. 48. Good think too, because they’re rarer & a bit more expensive.

Not only do we offer you this information for free, but we can also offer you our fantastic instructional DVD — a 30 minute expert guide to woodworking tools that will tell you the features to look out for, explain terminology and recommend the best brands for each piece of kit. The long sole of a No. 4 or larger plane will actually prevent the tool from removing more than a shaving (maybe two) in a small area. Whether it is rusty from disuse or as good as new, Paul shows what he does to get a plane working perfectly.