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Fettling a hand plane

This is going to run long so TL;DR warning. I have a #5 faithfull handplane (don't judge me, I didn't know any better!) No judgement here! Two Faithfull planes formed the core of my handplane ...
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What is an electric planer (hand tool) good for?

And I'm wondering whether there is any task where it would really have an advantage over other tools such as hand planes, a thickness planer, a belt sander, etc. Electric planers are coarse tools for ...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. While it is now fairly widely known that the finer dusts are the most hazardous (as produced primarily by ...
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How to handplane many boards to the same dimensions

I often end up with some minute thickness variation along the length of the boards. This is hand-tool woodworking, some variation from part to part is par for the course. We aren't machines after ...
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What is an electric planer (hand tool) good for?

I'm not sure you're going to find a ton of woodworkers using these for fine woodworking or furniture construction, but they are commonly used by construction workers/general contractors for things ...
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Is it needed to have the lever cap flat against the blade in a shoulder plane?

This is normal. Shoulder planes of this design always like this. Maybe best example:
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How should I set a hand plane down?

"Lay your plane on it's side son." This is the long-standing advice. It is old, nobody knows how old, but many (most?) now don't do this, some to deliberately buck Old Timer advice (which can often ...
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hand plane controls (bevel down)

Starting note: cap iron = chipbreaker. For example, moving the frog back is for taking larger shavings and less figured wood. Moving it up is for smaller shavings and more figured woods. A similar ...
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How do I set up the INGCO hand plane?

This plane has a similar layout to the current Stanley SB4 (it has had various names over the years) and the "Windsor Design" No. 33 plane sold by Harbor Freight in the US. The mechanism in these ...
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Securing long boards for edge jointing

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like your bench has any provision for a deadman. This would allow you to clamp one end of the board in the face vise and support the other end with the deadman. I ...
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Hand plane gouging wood even with fine adjustments

As I mentioned in my question, I found the solution just as I was about to post the answer. I first read @Graphus's answer to someone's question: hand plane controls (bevel down) I had always tried ...
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getting edge of plane square to sole for shooting

Stanley/Bailey #4 w/ corrugated sole, #5 1/4, #6, Wood river low angle block plane, Stanley sweetheart dual rabbet plane, Simmons #6--longer than Stanley/Bailey #5 but smaller than #6). Which of these ...
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How do you plane end grain?

I just hand-planed several dozen blocks for an end grain cutting board using my shooting board. It worked pretty well, there was minimal tearout on maybe 10% of the blocks. I could have improved on ...
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How to handplane many boards to the same dimensions

Another method to easily ensure equal thickness with a handplane is to put your board (with the already-flattened reference face down) between two runners that have been precisely thicknessed to your ...
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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards

Are there any other options open to me? There is one other option that you didn't mention. You can build a "router sled" to flatten wide boards. This is basically two rails on either side of the ...
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Which edge of the plane's mouth should I file if I want to open it up?

The front exclusively. The rear surface of the mouth represents part of a reference/registration surface that works in conjunction with the frog's face to support the iron assembly, and if it's in ...
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Plane to produce beveled edges on plywood?

Since plywood will inherently give you a cross grain planing situation (no matter which edge of your rectangles you're working with) which can be difficult, and you give no indication whatsoever of ...
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Fettling a hand plane

The easiest way to check if the sole is flat is to turn the plane upside down and lay a trusted straight edge across it in various places and orientations. If you can see light coming thru between ...
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getting edge of plane square to sole for shooting

A side flat enough that it doesn't rock is all that is needed. The squareness of the edge produced is determined by the (adjustable) angle the blade edge forms with the side. The angle of the sole, ...
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hand plane controls (bevel down)

Here's a link to a good summary of planes: What makes a high quality bench plane? You might check out the comments as well where Graphus and I entertained a recent discussion on this. I have several ...
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Most general purpose hand plane for limited budget

I'll try not to let this run too long but there's a lot more ground to cover here than you might expect. Flatten pins in dovetail joints Plane boards that are about 3-4 feet long maximum, more often ...
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Most general purpose hand plane for limited budget

A #4 would be a great plane to start with. It's one that I have started with and it's done everything I have asked of it in the last year. It's a Stanley which was fairly inexpensive compared with Lie ...
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How do I use a handplane to smooth a cutting board?

I had this idea that I would be able to run the hand plane over the surface of the (already smooth) cutting board and peel off whisper-thin shavings. Yes that is exactly what you should be able to do ...
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How do I set up the INGCO hand plane?

I assume you mean this one: You unscrew the yellow ?plastic? knob towards the front of the plane, then adjust the position of the blade by turning the knurled knobs on top of the blade. You will ...
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Hand planing punky wood

Minwax makes a hardener that will harden up punky wood to a point (your mileage may vary). I've used it and am a fan, particularly for water damage on a house where the wood is typically pine or fir. ...
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Planing end grain - cheap vs more expensive wood

Planing end grain is not an easy task and getting a nice result should be taken as a good indicator of sharpness, especially in softwoods. It's impossible for most beginners and very difficult for a ...
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Remove little material from a wooden piece with manual tools

You're correct, sawing off this little material isn't possible by hand under normal circumstances. You could possibly do it working very carefully using a saw with a very thin plate (e.g. a Japanese ...
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Straight cuts in plywood without a circular saw

Remember that every sheet of plywood should have two good long edges, two good short edges AND possibly four square corners1. Use this to your advantage if the factory edges are in good condition; and ...
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Using a left and right shooting board to square the ends of a board

It is normal to flip board end for end to shoot last end. But because you are making a floating shelf squareness of this end does not matter, you can turn board over.
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My hand-planed rebate goes downhill - what's wrong with my technique?

A rebate plane doesn't automatically cut to the same depth across the entire stroke. In theory perfect usage would come close, but most folks don't perfectly cut the whole thing with the same pressure ...
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