Philip LowePhilip C. Lowe
Beverly, Mass.

The founder of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts answers eight questions from readers about choosing, sharpening, and using handplanes.
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QUESTIONS

1

What are the first two or three planes a woodworker should own?
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2

 

What do I need to know to get started with wooden molding planes?
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3

How do I camber a plane iron, and what's the right amount of camber?
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4

I ran over a brad with a smoothing plane and nicked the sole. How do I repair the damaged chisels?
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5

What's the proper mouth opening between the plane blade and the sole?
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6

What plane do you use for smoothing difficult grain?
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7

How do you keep a scraper plane from chattering?
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8

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Can you demonstrate how to level a wide panel with a handplane?