Category Archives: Handplanes

Beading Planes from Caleb James

Fair warning: If you read this blog entry you might end up with a dog that has decorative details. If you build furniture of a traditional sort, you should consider owning some beading planes. While beading planes are (in general) … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Sharpening Enough (And I’m not, Either)

If a students shows me a tool during class and asks: “Should I s….” I cut them off. “Yes.” I have found that when you ask yourself if a tool is dull, the poor pathetic thing is way past being … Continue reading

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‘Handplane Essentials’ Going out of Print

I’ve just been informed that my book “Handplane Essentials” (F+W Media) will not be reprinted, either in paperback or hardbound. It will, however, continue to be available as a downloadable pdf. So the following announcement is a public service. Full … Continue reading

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It’s Handplane Inoculation Season

Yesterday, Thomas Lie-Nielsen and I finished teaching a weekend class that introduced the students to handplanes – how to sharpen, tune and use them. Curiously, the class wrapped up a couple of hours earlier than usual, and we’d covered more … Continue reading

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Fitting a Blade and Back Iron to the Body

  Part 4 of a British Introduction to Japanese Planes Fitting the blade and back iron to the body is a fiddle, but not difficult. What you need is a good bench light and a graphite pencil or graphite stick. … Continue reading

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Beading Planes? Talk to Caleb

The most infectious hand tool I own is a 3/16” beading plane that has a permanent space in my traveling tool chest. Nearly every woodworker who uses it becomes possessed by the entirely sane desire to own one (or three) … Continue reading

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Back Irons of Japanese Planes

Part 4 of a British Introduction to Japanese Planes What we in the West do not realise is that a plane comes to a maker as a kit of parts. He would buy the blade and maybe the back iron … Continue reading

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