Category Archives: Handplanes

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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Knowing Your Onions

Part 3 of a British Introduction to Japanese Planes This is the third in a short series on Japanese planes. I am doing this to get to the bottom of an interesting, very simple but highly developed tool for creating … Continue reading

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A British Introduction to Japanese Planes, Part 2

Japanese planes and the surface they promised to give. That is the goal. The shimmering hand-wrought surface that only a cutting iron in a handplane can give. I am hanging on for this, as it fits my need to put … Continue reading

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A British Introduction to Japanese Planes, Part 1

Editor’s note: Craftsman David Savage has kindly agreed to post here a series of articles on setting up and using Japanese planes, all told from the perspective of a skilled (very skilled, actually) Western woodworker who demands a high level … Continue reading

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International Jack Plane Day

If weasels, doughnuts and diseases can have an official day, then why not the jack plane? I’d be hard-pressed to name a plane that is more useful to me (the block plane would be in second place). My $12 jack … Continue reading

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Chipbreaker-setting Trick

Rhett Fulkerson of Nice Planes in Frankfort, Ky., showed me a cool trick for setting a chipbreaker quickly, precisely and perfectly parallel to the cutting edge. Take a feeler gauge whose thickness is equal to the distance you want to … Continue reading

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