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Philip C. LoweBeverly, Mass.
The founder of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts answers eight questions from readers about choosing, sharpening, and using handplanes.Read More
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What do I need to know to get started with wooden molding planes?PLAY 2
Ed Harrison Meridian, Miss.
How do I camber a plane iron, and what’s the right amount of camber?PLAY 3
Andrew Homan Burlington, Vt.
I ran over a brad with a smoothing plane and nicked the sole. How do I repair the damaged chisels?PLAY 4
Kevin Barnard Via the Internet
What’s the proper mouth opening between the plane blade and the sole?PLAY 5
David Brumsickle Via the Internet
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BioMan Via Knots
How do you keep a scraper plane from chattering?PLAY 7
Malcolm Granberry Via the Internet
Can you demonstrate how to level a wide panel with a handplane?PLAY 8
Jeff S. Jackson Fort Wayne, Ind.
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