Seven tasks for a block plane
One of the most versatile tools in the shop, the humble block plane is essential to Mike Korsak's production of accurate and precise work.
Synopsis: One of the most versatile tools in the shop, the humble block plane is essential to Mike Korsak’s production of accurate and precise work. Korsak uses it to flush edges, milling small parts to size, smoothing small or hard-to-reach parts, working curves, planing end grain, creating smooth edges on veneer, and making small wedges to secure door and drawer pulls.
Some woodworkers think of the block plane as a lowly tool unfit for furniture making. Not me. The block plane may be one of the most versatile tools in my shop, and I use one almost every day. Just about every individual part in a piece of furniture I build gets kissed by this extraordinarily useful tool. Like others, I use the block plane to chamfer edges, creating light-catching facets that are soft on hands. But that’s just the beginning. I’ll outline seven other ways I rely on…