Hand Planes

Hand planes represent an important group of tools, not only for woodworkers pursuing traditional techniques but also for woodshops that rely mostly on machines. Planes do everything from remove milling marks on the edges of freshly sawn or jointed lumber
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  • Image not availableSuper Chute Shooting Board

    by Matt Kenney

    I use a shooting board all the time to trim end grain and true up miters. Through the years, I’ve made a lot of them. My shopmade versions have worked great, but ...

  • Image not available78 Bullnose Rabbet Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    The sole on this plane slanted 0.015 in., which made the blade project unevenly and the nicker too deep....

  • Image not available78 Fillister Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    The 78 has been around for decades. It’s comfortable, and did a good job at every task given to it. The machining on the sole was flat, but coarse. Everything else ...

  • Image not availableA078 Fillister Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    This plane came up short because of poor manufacturing. The fence was misdrilled and out of alignment with the body, making the tool unable to perform its most ...

  • Fillister Plane Cuts Quick Rabbets and MoreFillister Plane Cuts Quick Rabbets and More

    by Chris Gochnour

    A fillister plane, sometimes called a rabbet plane, can be used to cut a rabbet very quickly, without all the hassle of changing blades or bits and setting up the ...

  • Image not availableMoving Fillister Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    The Emmerich’s wooden body is comfortable to hold, but adjustments to the fence and depth stop are inconvenient, requiring a screwdriver. The blade’s depth of cut ...

  • Image not availableSkew Rabbet Plane (Fillister)

    by Chris Gochnour

    The Veritas plane is comfortable to hold and use. It has the best fence and depth-stop adjustability of all the planes tested. After the blade has been aligned ...

  • Why You Need a Cabinet ScraperWhy You Need a Cabinet Scraper

    by Philip C. Lowe

    A bit less refined than a card scraper, a cabinet scraper is used to remove tearout and machining marks created by the jointer and planer and tracks left behind ...

  • Image not availableWood River Medium Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Wood River's Medium Shoulder Plane (No. 92) traces its lineage back to iron shoulder planes that Edward Preston manufactured around the turn of the 20th century. ...

  • Image not available28 (3-in-1) Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Blade was poorly prepped and failed on end grain; mouth adjustments, made via shims, were difficult; sole not flat....

  • Image not available3110 (3-in-1) Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Blade needed lapping out of the box; mouth adjustments, made via shims, were difficult; blade shifted laterally during depth adjustments....

  • Image not available420 Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Blade needed lapping out of the box; mouth not adjustable; blade shifted laterally during depth adjustments....

  • Image not available60-1/2 Rabbet Block Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Cut quality is good; square, full-width blade rabbets on both sides; depth adjuster tended to shift blade laterally, so you must be careful....

  • Image not available92 Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Blade needed lapping out of the box and needed reshaping to make it parallel to sole; blade failed on end grain, mouth easy to adjust....

  • Image not availableGidgee Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    Blade adjusted with a hammer, which takes practice; blade projection on top made plane hard to grip; mouth not adjustable....

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Veritas - Skew Rabbet Plane (Fillister)

Comfortable to hold and use

Stanley - 78 Fillister Plane

(3 user reviews)

A good value

Anant - A078 Fillister Plane

Poorly manufactured

Anant - 78 Bullnose Rabbet Plane

Blade projects unevenly

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