Most handplanes are not ready to go out of the box. They need a good going-over, not to mention sharpening and honing. Tommy MacDonald shows how to get your plane in perfect woodworking order, with step by step instructions on what to do as soon as you unwrap your new tool. From cleaning it to flattening the sole, honing the chipbreaker, and removing burrs from critical parts, this guide tells you what you need to know before you start using your new tool.

From Fine Woodworking #230