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What kind of plane is this?

Although the manufacturer call this a Stepped Rabbet Plane this is a bullnose plane. Although their forms vary all planes with the iron bedded at a typical angle* and mounted in such a way that it's ...
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Stanley Bailey frog adjustment problem

To update on what I finally did: I worked up my courage to file the frog and it came out very good! ;-) First I put some washers under the contact areas of the frog on one side to find out how much ...
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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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Sharpening - grit progression

Many videos and tutorials from the much respected internet woodworkers show them always going from a coarse medium through to a fine. I think there are three key things here. With respect to a few ...
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Squaring boards with only a #4 plane

Yes. It is very much not ideal to do so, but it is always possible to flatten surfaces with planes shorter than the wood you're working on (obvious really, but many people don't see this and assume ...
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Is it bad practice not to pick up the plane as you pull back for another pass?

Is it bad practice not to pick up the plane as you pull back for another pass? Why or why not? No. Yes. Depends on who you ask! Since it appears it's subjective it runs the risk of all answers ...
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Technique for using a "poor-man's rebate plane"

How can I improve the results I get? Based on your pictures, I surmise that it's due to a combination of: Your chisel not being sharp enough, Planing against the grain, Not having the edge of your ...
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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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Use planer to even out edge sawn with scroll saw?

So I was wondering if an electric planer would do a better job at making those edges straight? Yes. In addition to being far far faster it is much more likely to result in straighter edges. It's ...
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How to plane the end of a through tenon without damaging surrounding area?

Flushing the tenon There are a couple of ways you can approach this, but it is actually most common to take the projecting tenon down until just about flush1, and then planing right through (in the ...
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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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How to flatten stubborn hollow on the back of a plane iron?

How to flatten stubborn hollow on the back of a plane iron? You don't have to. If you alter your strategy here things will go a lot faster. And I mean a lot, something that can otherwise take an hour ...
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Warped Walnut Slabs

We have to be careful in advising you here since what you mean by "warp" may not match the commonly accepted definition. Some people use the term generically to refer to boards that aren't flat along ...
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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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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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What's a quick, easy home-made honing guide?

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 plane blade flat to it with the blade end just proud. Close, this is nearly all that's ...
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Is this plane any good for anything?

Please refer to my Answer to this Question from only a few days ago, this plane and that plane are nearly identical so all my comments there apply equally here. I get dust instead of shavings when ...
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Joint all sides square?

No, you cannot. This will make the board square, but it will NOT ensure it doesn't taper. With the jointer you can only make each corner square. You can't make the opposing faces parallel with each ...
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Mouth of a Plane

Wood is not totally rigid. As the plane iron is cutting the wood it is pulling the wood up. This force is transferred ahead of the shaving and the material flexes up slightly. This causes the ...
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Make one end of a board thicker than the other?

The best way to do this would be to put it on a slanted sled and run it through a planer repeatedly. How you make the slanted sled is up to you. I would consider cutting a series of wedges from ...
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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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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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Sharpening - grit progression

there is none. eventually you will wear the blade down enough at 3000 grit to the point where it will take too long to sharpen while maintaining the same bevel angle. At that point a return to coarser ...
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Is it bad practice not to pick up the plane as you pull back for another pass?

In my limited experience I've found only two cases where I have problems when pulling back without lifting up: final smoothing of soft woods - if you'll get some shavings stuck in the mouth of your ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

Paul Sellers has a video on making a Poor Man's Router Plane using a chisel and a block of wood. Depending on the depth of the box, this method may work for you. NOTE: I take no responsibility for ...
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How can I flatten the floor of a small carved box?

I'm going to expand somewhat on my Comment above. Hide it I don't think you're would be really happy with any smoothing option here so I strongly recommend you just sidestep the issue and line the ...
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Warped Walnut Slabs

Essentially: No. You make slabs flat by removing wood to obtain a flat surface, by planing or by using a carriage-guided router or by machine-sanding or some combination of these. Sometimes you can ...
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Planing thin material to consistent thickness using hand tools

You can devise a jig of some kind to help in making multiple pieces of smaller size but at heart producing strips of wood like this doesn't have to be any different from getting a board to final ...
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How do I use a handplane to smooth a cutting board?

Odds are your that your plane is not sharp enough and is not correctly set yet for your project. A quick test is to attempt shaving a few hairs off of your arm with the iron. If the blade tugs ...
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Kanna setup: blade/mouth width, osae-bo bending

Most kanna irons that I have seen have their own mimi formed by grinding off the corners so the cutting edge is the same width as the mouth. As it is now the iron is cutting a shaving that is wider ...
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