Because a block plane gets so much use, it’s important that you get a very good one, one that fits your hand, cuts well, and adjusts easily. Choose wisely and you’ll have a trusted friend for life. Choose poorly, and you’ll kick yourself many times over. We gathered 23 of the most popular block planes on the market (both standard- and low-angle models), ranging in price from $30 to $285, and compared their performance and quality head to head, running each one through a gauntlet of common shop tasks. We’ll tell you which ones are the best, and why a low-angle model is really all you need. Low-angle planes tested include: Anant 60-1Ú, Groz Low-angle, Lie-Nielsen 60-1Ú2, Lie-Nielsen 102, Rider 60-1Ú2, Stanley 60-1Ú2, Stanley Sweet Heart 60-1Ú2, Veritas DX60, Veritas NX60, Veritas Low-Angle Block Plane, and Wood River.
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In this video Matt methodically takes you through the pins first approach to dovetails that the North Bennet Street School is known for. Matt demonstrates proper sawing technique and how to efficiently and effectively chisel out the waste.
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