Step-by-step instructions to get maximum performance from any plane
Synopsis: Frustrated because the new handplane you bought doesn’t give you the fine shavings you expected? David Charlesworth shares a trade secret—a new handplane should be treated more as a collection of parts than a finished piece. Refining the fit of the frog, sole, throat, lever cap, and chipbreaker, and replacing the blade will soon have that $80 plane working like a $300 model. Learn how to get your handplane cutting cleanly and without chatter. Also, learn to flatten the back and sharpen the tip of your handplane replacement blade using artificial Japanese waterstones.
From Fine Woodworking #172
There is a well-kept secret in fine cabinetmaking. Most new planes should be treated as a kit of parts, not as a tool ready for fine work. Recently, while reviewing a new jack plane, I set the plane to take a 0.001-in.- or 0.002-in.-thick shaving—a setting not unreasonable for planing figured hardwood—but it…