The time has arrived for me to sidestep Norm and invest in some good hand planes. This question might be better for the beginning woodworkers folder, but I thought it more appropriate for the hand tools folder. I already have a “useable” block plane and need to invest in some form of shoulder or rabbet plane. I’ve read the previous posts on how to fine tune tenons and see there is much lively debate on which tool and method is best (block plane, shoulder plane, router plane, etc). This will be my first application for such a plane, but I’m trying to look further into the future as to which plane I choose next. In case it matters, my ambitions are to make 18th and 19th century style pieces with the occassional A & C. So I need a tutorial on some various planes. Could someone please give me a “brief” (if that is possible) description of what each of the following planes are most commonly used for and which way they they most effectively work such as on end grain, cross grain, etc.
— rabbetting plane
— shoulder plane
— rebate plane
— bullnose plane
— any other type of plane similar to these that I’ve failed to list
Edited 9/9/2006 10:09 pm ET by bankruptedbyNorm