Plane Like a Pro
After milling with machines, nothing beats a handplane for smoothing wood and fitting furniture parts.
Synopsis: It’s no secret that Chris Gochnour is a fan of the handplane and the superlative surface it can leave on any piece of furniture. This article is perfect for those who are new to using a handplane, and also those whose technique could use a boost. In it, Gochnour shows when and how to incorporate the jack plane and the smoothing plane into furniture making, not only for basic stock preparation but for fine-tuning and trimming components and refining glued-up assemblies.
He’ll show you ways to make mill marks disappear, tame panel glue-ups, fine-tune frames, fit doors, clean up dovetails, and more.
From Fine Woodworking #204
There’s no denying my love of hand tools and the romantic notions I have about building furniture by hand. To my ear, the swoosh of a sharp plane gliding along the face of a board is music worthy of an iTunes track,…