Dating wooden planes

dating wooden planes

Is it hard to set up a wooden hand plane?

Setting up a wooden hand plane is not intuitive. Not for me and not for the many people who I’ve seen pick one up off our bench at a woodworking show and attempt to get it to do anything (without any joy).

Are wooden planes relevant to use today?

I think for many people wooden planes bring nostalgia and a nice sense of tradition but don’t necessarily seem relevant to use today. We get used to a very different tool with metal planes, especially with some of the highly developed options now available, and so the techniques needed to set up, adjust and use them become further apart.

What is the best hand plane to flatten wood?

The next hand plane to touch the wood is a jointer plane (or a “Try plane”). This very long handplane is ideal for precision flattening of a board (after the jack plane rough-flattened it), and it gives a nearly finished surface. It skips along the high spots and gradually brings them all down together.

What are the different types of woodworking hand planes?

Bench planes are hand planes that are used so often that they usually “sit on the bench” and are used for flattening, dimensioning, & smoothing wood. Examples include Jointer Planes, Jack Planes, Smoothing Planes, and Block Planes. 2. JOINERY PLANES Joinery hand planes are specialty planes used for creating or finishing joints.

How to use a hand plane to cut wood?

Place blankets or towels under the door to avoid marring it. Set the hand plane on the work material. Push the plane forward, exerting enough pressure on the plane so that wood shavings begin to appear from the back of the plane. You must push the plane with firm, decisive movements in order to cut through the wood.

Should a plane blade touch the wood?

The rest of the blade will never touch the wood and can be safely ignored. Next turn your attention to the bevel. The primary bevel on most plane blades should be 25°. Exceptions are blades set at a higher cutting angle for difficult grain.

What is the best distance between wood planes to smooth wood?

For smoothing most hardwoods, 1/32 inch is good, though you may want to set it at 1/64 inch for difficult woods prone to tearout. For softwoods, 1/16 inch may be more appropriate. The distance will vary for individual planes set up to achieve different results. Bevel up planes, of course, have no chipbreakers and need no such adjustment.

What is a wooden plane used for?

They’re small and you should be able to pick one up extremely cheaply, but these planes are used for the final finishing work – they need to be set very finely to give good results, and trying to set up something rough and worn without any experience could quickly put you off wooden planes altogether.

Which woodworking hand planes do you need first?

So if you’re a new woodworker just entering the craft or perhaps you’re a power tool woodworker just dipping your toes into the hand tool world, a low-angle jack plane just might be the only plane you need. The plane I’m using for demonstration is the Lie-Nielsen low-angle jack plane.

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