STL213: Making wooden handplanes
Vic Tesolin joins Mike and Ben to discuss making wooden handplanes, identifying troublesome boards before it's too late, shooting miters, what a listener should do with a excess of #4s, and they share their favorite techniques for the week.
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I recently just bought a hardware kit to build a wooden handplane. I am wondering what angle I should set the blade at for minimal tear-out and ease of push.
I also have a question regarding french polishing. When I store the rubbers in an airtight jar, the base of the rubber that comes in contact with the wood has started to become moldy. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal?
Do you have any tips for the lumber yard, to help single out troubled boards? Quarter sawn white oak is not cheap to just throw away and our winters in Southern California are not that cold to burn 14 board feet.
Segment: All-Time Favorite Technique
Ben – Always storing wooden handscrews in the same orientation-a la Bob Van Dyke
with Bob Van Dyke and Ben Strano
Vic – Using a float to keep surfaces flat
by John Reed Fox
by John Reed Fox
Mike – Peel-and-stick tenons (measuring in the field)
In STL 81 Ed’s favorite had to do with making a saw hook for cutting meters. His process had to do with coming up with a shooting board that would cut perfect angles. Mat said to not worry about cutting the angles perfect, but to use a shooting board. STL 204 advised to not shoot your miters but to cut them at the correct angle. Am I missing something?
Note: STL204 was Tom, Mike, and Barry. STL81 was released March 27, 2015
MARCH 27, 2015
DECEMBER 6, 2019
I’m a hobbyist, still learning how to master hand tools. I have a block plane, a #7, and in-between, four #4s. I started with two #4s, that I inherited, and somehow they’ve multiplied. All planes are sharp, flat, and rust free. My question, to expand the range of what I can do with my planes, should I grind and hone some of the #4 blades to different angles, or should I just keep my favorite #4, and acquire a couple of other size planes? I have a jointer and planer, so I don’t rely on the hand tools exclusively, but I like to go to them when I can. I rarely work with highly figured wood.
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