Hand Planes - Fine Woodworking Tool Guide

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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  • Looking Back: Making Music with a PlaneLooking Back: Making Music with a Plane

    by James Krenov

    A look back at James Krenov's iconic essay on handplanes....

  • Tool Test: The Jack of All PlanesTool Test: The Jack of All Planes

    by Jeff Miller

    A true jack of all trades, the jack plane can handle smoothing as well as shorter planes, and it comes in handy for the flattening and straightening tasks that ...

  • Sharpen Your SpokeshaveSharpen Your Spokeshave

    by Chris Gochnour

    Sharpening a spokeshave blade can be tricky because the small blade is hard to hold. The solution is to mount the blade in a wooden holder before you grind and ...

  • An Introduction to Card ScrapersVideo: An Introduction to Card Scrapers

    with Garrett Hack

    Learn how to use and sharpen this essential hand tool

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Why You Need a Router PlaneWhy You Need a Router Plane

    by Dan Faia

    If you have a router, do you really need a router plane? Dan Faia says yes. Router planes, which are more like shoulder planes than routers, are invaluable for ...

  • Tool Test: Block PlanesTool Test: Block Planes

    by Mario Rodriguez

    Because a block plane gets so much use, it's important that you get a very good one, one that fits your hand, cuts well, and adjusts easily. Choose wisely and you'll ...

  • Why You Need a Compass PlaneWhy You Need a Compass Plane

    by Paul Schürch

    Long used by shipwrights, carriage builders, and furniture makers, compass planes are still unchallenged when it comes to smoothing long, sweeping curves. They ...

  • Tool Test: Smoothing PlanesTool Test: Smoothing Planes

    by Chris Gochnour

    The smoothing plane is a woodworker's essential tool: capable of leaving a pristine finish on any board, yet compact enough for general planing jobs like fitting ...

  • How to Choose the Right Smoothing PlaneVideo: How to Choose the Right Smoothing Plane

    with Thomas McKenna

    Learn how to shop for a handplane and find out what separates a high quality tool from its bargain basement brethren

  • One Bench Plane Can Do it AllOne Bench Plane Can Do it All

    by Christian Becksvoort

    End grain, surface grain, wild grain, wide boards: You can tackle all four of these jobs using one low-angle jack plane, if you follow Chris Becksvoort's advice ...

  • The Woodwright's Favorite ToolsThe Woodwright's Favorite Tools

    by Roy Underhill

    Roy Underhill, aka The Woodwright, has a big, quirky collection of hand tools. These are his favorites -- the ones he says he'd be buried with: holdfast, scrub ...

  • Bevel-Up vs. Bevel-Down PlanesBevel-Up vs. Bevel-Down Planes

    by John Leko

    It makes a difference whether a plane blade's bevel faces up or down. Learn why in this short article

  • High-End Hand-Tool Sales SurgeHigh-End Hand-Tool Sales Surge

    by Gina Eide

    A small band of boutique toolmakers experiences exponential growth fueled, in part, by the Internet

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Lie-Nielsen - No. 5 Handplane

Very well-machined overall, with lateral and depth adjustments that had the least backlash of any of the Bailey-style planes

Veritas - 5-1/4 W Handplane

(1 user review)

Great overall fit and finish

Clifton - No. 5 Plane

This is a well-machined plane with only a small amount of backlash in the Baileystyle adjustment mechanisms

Footprint - No. 5 Jackplane

This plane required a lot of work

Kunz - 5Plus Handplane

The cap-iron screw on the Kunz 5Plus was very fussy in use and while the back of the blade was very close to flat, it was ground coarsely, and it took a while to remove the scratches from it

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