Japanese Planes Demystified
Tuning up a new wooden plane teaches you how to maintain the tool for life
When it comes time for fine handwork, the author finds Japanese planes superior. Carl Swensson, who teaches hand-tool techniques and builds furniture, finds that Japanese planes are best for fine handwork. Here, he explains all the steps to conditioning one and details how to tune it, starting off with leaving it alone in your shop to acclimate. His tips for tuning include removing the iron and checking the bevel angle; flattening the back of the iron and sharpening the bevel; working the chipbreaker, shaping the plane’s sole and fitting the iron to the body; fitting the chipbreaker, making a final check of the sole, and maintaining it so it can last a lifetime.
From Fine Woodworking #145