The first step in pursuing hand tool work is to purchase a handplane. But hand tools are only as good as the woodworker using them. Thankfully you've come to the right place to take the next step! In this issue of Handplane Basics, Chris Schwarz walks you through wooden plane restoration, joinery planes, and bench planes.
Inside, you'll find:
- Coarse, Medium & Fine
- Explore a system that blends hand tools and power tools to allow you to surface faster and more accurately.
- Understanding Bench Planes
- From the petite No. 1 to the hulking No.8, learn the basic form and function of bench planes - and the one you'll use the most.
- Understanding Grain Direction
- Sometimes you can't tell the direction of the grain by looking at its edges. Learn a second method that will help you work faster with less tear-out.
- Working Across the Grain
- When you cut across the grain with handplanes, there is a different set of rules to obey - but it's not heresy
- Bench Plane Restoration
- Five time-tested fixes to transform a vintage wooden plane into a highly prized shop tool.
- Rabbet & Plows
- Don't be intimidated by these essential joinery planes - a few simple tricks makes them easy to use.