Questions tagged [plane]

Maintenance, techniques and general use of hand planes.

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What should I look for when aquiring a plane second hand?

I was in a pawn shop recently and I saw a Stanley no. 4 plane. I do not have one of those and I probably could have talked him down to 15$. That being said I am not sure how to know if a hand plane ...
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Why would a plane have a grooved sole?

One of the planes I rescued from a yard sale has grooves in its sole, running front to back across the surface that contacts the wood. I'm having trouble imagining what their purpose could be, ...
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How do I avoid tearout when planing end-grain? [duplicate]

I am making a birdhouse and wanted to ensure that the two sloped sides of the box were the same height so the top flap would sit flat on both sides. I grabbed a block plane to do this and had really ...
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How do you plane end grain?

I tend to like power tools, because I need a lot less 'skill' to get the same quality product. However, I do like learning hand tool techniques and sometimes they are just as good or better than ...
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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?

I am about to inherit some all-wood bookcases that are about an inch and a half thick. They have at least one ugly coat of paint on them. Stripping it would not be worth the effort and I would think a ...
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Does knotty wood dull a hand plane faster than normal wood?

While I was planing down a plank of Cedar this evening I noticed that the plane did not slide through the knotty wood, that it was a harsh stop. It made me wonder whether I should attempt to plane ...
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How do I completely disassemble a hand plane to clean it and then reassemble it?

I have a block plane that I picked up from Lowes a few months ago. I took it apart recently to clean the blade but when I tried to put it back together I was unable to get consistent results when ...
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How can I adjust my hand plane to take an even cut across its width?

I have a low angle jack plane (Stanley #62, bevel up) and it has the ability to adjust the blade side to side when I lock down the blade and iron, which supposedly is to allow you to even out the ...
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What angles should I be honing to for what type of chisels/planes/uses? [closed]

I'm new to honing/sharpening and am a little confused about which angles I should be trying to hone my chisels/plane blades to (given the type and their usage). Any general rules of thumb that I can ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

I'm getting started with woodworking and am looking to refine my technique for sharpening chisel/plane blades. Currently, I just have a cheap double-sided water stone, but am now looking to get a "...

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