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Maintenance, techniques and general use of hand planes.

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How to flatten stubborn hollow on the back of a plane iron?

I'm a completely new amateur woodworker, starting out with hand tools. To begin with, I want to get my new tools nice and sharp. I've been trying very hard to flatten (lap?) the back of my plane iron (...
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Compass plane minimum radius

I'm considering getting a compass plane, probably a record 020. Anyone know what is the minimum internal radius they can cut? My first use of it would be constructing a wooden wheel roughly 24inches ...
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Does it make sense to own a #1 if I already have a good block plane?

I have a decent block plane (low angle, adjustable mouth, good quality all-around). I just saw a Veritas #1 bevel-up smoother plane which seems to be similar in size and was thinking if it would make ...
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Stanley #1 Plane

I recently picked up a Stanley #1 plane. Apparently, a previous owner dropped, and a small chunk broke off from a corner of the sole. Can this area be filled in with weld metal and resurfaced (...
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Stanley 78 rebate plane spur goes too deep

I have bought an old Stanley 78 rebate plane and I try to bring it to life. I honed the blade and tried to do a rebate (rabbet) across the grain. Of course that required the spur (nicker?) to be ...
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What is this plane

I bought this plane 35 years ago at a flea market just because I liked it. Can any one tell me what it is or is it a combination of parts?
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I’m having difficulty identifying this hand plane with NO identifying marks [closed]

This is a picture of a hand plane with a hinged cover. There are no identifying marks on the metal hand plane.
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Correct angle for a bull-nose rabbet plane (Record 76) blade

I have a Record 76 rabbet plane. The plane is bevel side up, and the primary bevels as ground by the manufacturer appear to be 45° or close to it. (If I apply pressure to the bevel whilst bevel side ...
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How to preserve sole of transitional plane

My son found a Stanley #36 transitional plane in a local junk store and cleaned it up. The blade is now sharp and the metal parts rust free and repainted. He's looking to put it to use, not as a ...
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Can anyone help me identify this No. 5 corrugated plane

This No. 5 plane has no identifying marks other than No. 5 on the toe. It has a corrugated bottom.
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What is the difference between the jointer blade and the smoothing blade?

In The Anarchist's Tool Chest, Christopher Schwarz recommends buying a #5 bench plane with three irons as a first hand plane: a curved scrub blade, a flat jointer/try blade, and a flat smoothing blade....
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What is a router plane fence designed for?

Recently I bought a veritas router plane and I noticed that they provide an optional fence. (and with smaller blades) As I'm new to woodworking, I wonder what the fence is designed for? It seems one ...
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Can anyone explain how this plane could be used?

This plane is listed on ebay as a carriage-maker plane but it does not look like one (i.e.: when I think carriage maker I think a jack plane size that can do rebates). Can anyone explain why the sole ...
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Use planer to even out edge sawn with scroll saw?

I mainly use my trusty scroll saw to cut wood. Although the cuts themselves are nice and clean, the sawn edge is kind of uneven and wavy. I try to even that edge out by sanding it by hand for like ...
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Eclipse style honing guide changing blade geometry & preventing tight mouth setting on planes

I find it much easier to get repeatable sharpening results with a honing guide, but I have noticed that the plane blades I sharpen with my Eclipse style guide are ending up with a different geometry ...
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Help me identify this Bullnose 75 plane

I have just received this bullnose plane and I'm trying to identify it. I suppose its a record 75 plane, but i'm not sure about that. Someone can help me? Most of record 75 present different caps and ...
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Hand plane gouging wood even with fine adjustments

I bought a handplane from an antique store about two years ago and have struggled, off and on, to get it to work. I have flattened the sole, sharpened the blade (enough to pass the "shave the arm" ...
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How to prevent plane from clogging?

I've sharpened an old blade from a smoothing plane by hand, using sandpaper and no jig. It was very dull, so I'm not sure the angle was ok before. Now I'm getting these shavings that curl up too fast ...
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How to plane the end of a through tenon without damaging surrounding area?

I've made a through tenon joint but the tenon is a little long. How do I plane it even with the surrounding area without the plane blade cutting anywhere other than the tenon?....if that makes any ...
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Can a bad mouth plane be saved?

I recently bought a 10$ block plane just because it had a depth adjustment knob unlike the other block plane that I had. I took it out of the box, carefully took out the blade and sharpened it using ...
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What kind of plane is this?

I just bought a wooden plane but I am new to hand planes and couldn't identify it. It seems to not fit in any category known to me (shoulder plane, bullnose plane, chamfering plane etc.) ... Later ...
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How can I salvage the ura on my japanese plane blade?

I bought a Japanese plane a few years ago, and didn't really spend a lot of time researching before I started using and sharpening it. Now that I have a little more time for woodworking again, I ...
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Mouth of a Plane

I often read about planes that have adjustable mouths, that you can make smaller for finer shavings. How does this work? Isn't the size of the shaving a function of how much the blade protrudes? It ...
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Stanley 9 1/4 block plane depth adjuster interferes with lateral adjuster

I recently purchased a used Stanley 9 1/4 block plane at a flea market. I am noticing that the depth adjustment knob interferes with the lateral adjust lever when it is above about halfway up its ...
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Joint all sides square?

Can you use a jointer, using the fence, to plane all four sides of a wood piece, into four, plane, square and parallel to each other? I mean each side square to the adjacent and all sides parallel to ...
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Squaring boards with only a #4 plane

Can I square faces and edges of boards with only a #4 hand held plane? I've read a #4 can be used in combination with a #7, but a #7 is seeming out of the budget for me.
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Is this plane any good for anything?

New to planes, so not sure. This is a cheap one. I get dust instead of shavings when I try it on a piece of dry wood. Is this because the blade is not sharp? Wrong angle of the blade? Edit: dumbest ...
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Can I use a 12” granite block for fettling a #5 plane?

I have used a 12”x9” granite block to fettle the #4 I use bit recently acquired a #5 that belonged to my great uncle. It looks good, and I’m looking forward to cleaning it up, but I assume that I need ...
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What's a quick, easy home-made honing guide?

What's a quick, easy, home-made honing guide for sharpening blades for e.g. a plane? I'm thinking for a 25 degree surface, just cut a block of wood to 25 degrees on a mitre-saw and then screw the ...
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Problems adjusting block plane

I have an Irwin-Record 9½ block plane which I bought new a year or so ago and have been using and occasionally sharpening the blade on an oilstone. Now the blade-depth adjustment has reached the end ...
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Kanna setup: blade/mouth width, osae-bo bending

I'm in the process of setting up my first kanna. I'm facing two problems: The blade is wider than the mouth, it overlaps the mimi and chips get stuck there (see picture). What is the correct way to ...
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Sharpening - grit progression

When sharpening tools such as chisels and plane irons, I do little and often, stopping work, 20-30 strokes or so on a 3000 grit water stone (this is enough to get a burr the full width of the blade), ...
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Stanley Bailey frog adjustment problem

I recently bought a vintage Stanley Bailey No. 4 (Type 19 I think, I am new these tools) and after lapping sole and frog surface and putting it back together I found that the iron is skewed and I have ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

So I've drilled and carved out a small box. The Forstner bit that removed the bulk of the insides left a load of little holes in the bottom. The finish is far from perfect. I've tried working it with ...
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How do I use a handplane to smooth a cutting board?

I've never used a hand plane before, but recently decided to give hand planing a go. I purchased a Lie-Nielsen No. 5 Jack Plane. For a project to experiment with, I threw together a simple long ...
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Planing thin material to consistent thickness using hand tools

Is there a special tool/setup for achieving a consistent thickness of thin stock that leaves a planed/smooth finish? Something like I imagine is used for Kumiko members? https://www.tanihata.co.jp/...
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getting edge of plane square to sole for shooting

I just finished putting together a shooting board and have noticed that none of my hand planes have sides which are square to the sole (Stanley/Bailey #4 w/ corrugated sole, #5 1/4, #6, Wood river low ...
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Make one end of a board thicker than the other?

I have a 1"x8"x3' solid composite board that I need to cut diagonally through the 1" dimension to compensate for an unlevel underlying surface. Is there any way to do this?
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Different ways to set up a Number 4 bench plane

I decided to buy a #4 bench plane on eBay but, as it turns out, I've been a bit over-zealous with the bidding. I might end up with as many as four #4 planes. I also have some longer planes (but the ...
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Warped Walnut Slabs

I have 2 walnut slabs I want to make a table with but they are slightly warped, is there anyway to flatten these back out with water and weight or by bolting the wood down to a frame and then ...
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What is an electric planer (hand tool) good for?

This may be an opinion question... Someone recently gave me an old electric planer similar to And I'm wondering whether there is any task where it would really have an advantage over other tools ...
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Technique for using a "poor-man's rebate plane"

I made a poor-man's rebate plane following the approach shown by Paul Sellers in his blog and video It is made from pine (construction timber, probably spruce) so isn't likely to be accurate or ...
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Substitute for Bench-Top Jointer

My old Sears 5 1/8" jointer motor is dead. I can't find a replacement. Trying to haul a new one to my shop in Mexico seems impractical. I'm contemplating buying a jointer plane or a hand held ...
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How do I identify hand planes?

I bought 2 hand planes last week at flea markets, both of them together cost me less than $20 (from 2 different places). Both of course needed some TLC, one was pretty orange on the top, bottom sides,...
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What makes a high quality bench plane?

What is the difference between a high-quality (e.g. $150+) and a cheapo (e.g. $20) bench plane? The two obvious things that come to mind are blade quality (specifically, how well it holds an edge) ...
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When is the ideal time to work green wood

I had made a really simple bow saw during my summer holidays. I was trying to see if I could make a project from start to finish using only hand tools. I cut some poplar (Mostly guessing but the ...
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How does one aggressively sharpen chisels and plane irons when damaged?

I have a lot of finds from garage sales and from picking out tools from my grandfather's old shop. While he mostly keeps his tools in great working order he had some that I would guess he didn't feel ...
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Stanley Bailey No 4 Plane - Level Cap / Cam Wrong?

I bought a Stanley No 4 plane to refurbish and then use in my shop. The Cam on the Lever Cap only seems to move in the wrong direction. Is this the wrong Lever Cap for the Stanley No 4 plane? ...
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What criteria would want me to bevel my chisel in a certain way

In my continuing attempts to learn all the things another question stemmed from watching a chisel sharpening video from Paul Sellers. When sharpening his new chisel (he explained that he does this to ...
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How can I taper a slightly misaligned board with a handheld power planer?

Is there a method or technique for tapering a board with a handheld power planer? I have an assembly that's got one board butted up against another board at each end, kind of in an "H" configuration. ...
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