- Do More with Your Block Plane
Pound for pound, no hand tool in the shop packs in more value than the block plane. Its compact size makes it great for trimming parts flush, breaking edges, and ...
- Skill Building Hand-Tool Exercises
To firmly master the use of hand tools such as the handsaw, chisel, and handplane, you need to practice. Practice builds and reinforces your muscle memory, letting ...
- Q & A: Backer Board Prevents Tearout on Rabbets
- Q & A: Go for Comfort when Picking a Shooting-Board Plane
- Smooth Curves with Hand Tools
Every furniture style has its own visual language, and that language often involves curves. Whether you bandsaw curves or rout them, they all require smoothing ...
- Q & A: Aligning Rabbet Plane Nickers
- Q & A: Chamfer End Grain Without Tearout
- Make a Pair of Grooving Planes
You don't need power tools when you need to create a lot of grooves of the same width and distance from the edge, such as when making boxes or drawers. All you ...
- Try Back-Beveling Your Plane Blade
Sometimes, even the most meticulously tuned handplane can't handle wood with challenging grain, and your are left with torn-out surfaces. That's when you should ...
- Make a Bargain-Basement Plane Perform Like Royalty
A common misconception among many new woodworkers is that you need an expensive plane to experience the joy of handplaning—the whisper-thin shavings, the tool gliding ...
- Handplaning 101
This companion piece to Plane Like a Pro gives the basics of handplaning a surface so that it is flat, straight, and smooth. Handplane users who have struggled ...
- Video: How to Crown a Plane Iron
Learn how adding camber on a plane blade can prevent unsightly ripples in a workpiece
- Hand Tool Skills
Free online extras for our newsstand-only publication featuring expert hand-tool advice and demonstrations
- Q & A: Why Aren’t All Planes Skewed?
- Video: The Essential Handplanes
In the first of our 8-question series on handplanes, Philip C. Lowe, the award-winning furniture-maker and teacher, discusses the basic planes for any shop