How to get a new handplane ready for work
From Fine Woodworking Live 2017: A new, high-quality handplane is a great addition to your shop, but no matter how much you pay, it won’t be ready to work right out of the box
A new, high-quality handplane is a great addition to your shop, but no matter how much you pay, it won’t be ready to work right out of the box. In his Fine Woodworking Live Michael Pekovich demonstrated his simple and quick method for getting a new plane up and running. He also included an overview on how a plane works, as well as a sharpening routine that you can put to use on any plane.
This year, Mike will be at Fine Woodworking Live with two classes:
Practical Guide to Layout
While a lot of us may stress out at the thought of cutting joinery by hand, the real challenge is in the layout. You can hit your mark with a saw or chisel, but if the mark isn’t in the right place, you’ll be left with a headache, and a lot of work ahead of you. Mike Pekovich will cover the layout process he’s developed that ensures accurate joinery with the least amount of fussing around. In addition, Mike will show you some simple aids that will help you lay out perfect joinery quickly and easily.
(Friday Hands-On Workshop – Limited Availability)
Kumiko, the traditional latticework technique typically found on Japanese sliding screens, is beginning to make its way into furniture. It’s a great way to dress up doors, box tops, and frames. Mike Pekovich, inspired by the work of John Reed Fox, has been incorporating it into his recent work and has been teaching the technique to other woodworkers as well. While the result looks impressive, the steps to getting there are fairly simple. Mike has developed a set of jigs and a process that ensures success. To try your hand at kumiko yourself, stop by for a special hands-on class prior to the start of the conference.
If you’d like to be a part of the action, head over to FineWoodworkingLive.com before February 20th to get $50 off of your admission.
More on FineWoodworking.com
- Video Workshop: The Fundamentals of Handplanes with Mike Pekovich
- Get Sharp-Fast – Lie-Nielsen’s sharpening expert shares a surefire method for getting a keen edge every time
- The Essential Handplanes – In the first of our 8-question series on handplanes, Phil Lowe discusses the basic planes for any shop