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LJ Challenge: Hand Planing Techniques (Deadline June 2, 2014)

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Blog entry by Cricket posted 67 days ago 1378 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates “Passion for Wood” near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik’s DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm .

This week, the prize is Hendrik’s tenth DVD course called “Hand Planing Techniques”. It is over 10 hours long and focuses on using hand planes for common tasks such as flattening table tops and door frames, trimming edge banding and levelling off dovetails, finger joints and other types of joinery. Hendrik shows you how to battle tear-out with higher effective cutting angles and shows you how to set up your hand planes for precision work. A long and detailed bonus section covers the hand planing of fine details like chamfers and slipfeathers, as well as covering shoulder plane sharpening and set-up. You can read more about this 5-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-hand-planing.htm. It is valued at Cdn. $94.95 + taxes and shipping.

To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: “Why is hand planing such a valuable skillset to develop, as opposed to using just power tools?” Post a comment before June 2, 2014 and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we’ll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 67 days ago

I think learning any additional skill set will make you that much better of a woodworker, learning how to use a plane gives you additional capability to do just that bit more precise woodwork, or gives you a solution that you may not have had if you did not have that particular skill.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 67 days ago

Simple: Mastering a(ny) new skill expands your choices and widens your world.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 67 days ago

When you need to just take a hair off a tenon that’s too snug, or break the edge of a sharp corner, accept no substitutes. A hand plane will do it every time.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Manitario

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#4 posted 67 days ago

Finesse and serenity.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#5 posted 67 days ago

Often it is just much faster and expedient to use a hand plane as apposed to setting up a jig or power tool. Besides it’s just fun.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 67 days ago

Have you ever used a powered jointer or planer? It puts you in touch with a machine.
Have you ever run a curl with a #6? It puts you in touch with the wood.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#7 posted 66 days ago

Hand planning is a valuable part of woodworking because not everything can be done with power tools. Sometimes the tolerances are so close that a handplane is the best tool for the job. I feel you also get more in touch with the wood and know how it is reacting to each cut of the blade.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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woodchuckerNJ

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#8 posted 66 days ago

Because good looking wood looks so much better when hand planed vs sanded.

Planed wood has depth and chatoyance. And to get the most out of the finish there is nothing like a planed finish.

-- Jeff NJ

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Scott R. Turner

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#9 posted 66 days ago

For me, the biggest benefit is that I don’t have room in my 6’x10’ shop for all the power tools I would need!

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WayneC

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#10 posted 66 days ago

There are so many benefits of using hand planes it is hard to list them all. Quality of the finish, precision of fitting joints, safety (elimination of noise and saw dust in the workshop), and the joy derived from the feel of a sharp blade cutting through the wood. Usually there is less time required to set up a plane for a specific task compared to a power tool such as a router. Also, knowing what each plane is designed to do can change the way you approach woodworking. If you use vintage planes there is the history of the tools as well as the potential to outfit your shop for significant less money that a power tool based shop. With this knowledge and corresponding knowledge of power tools you can choose the most efficient and best suited tool for the task at hand.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Buckethead

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#11 posted 66 days ago

I find all the replies until now to be woefully lacking. Just silly pandering with the motive of getting a DVD set for free. Shameless.

The true value of hand planing is in the song. If any other commenter had truly mastered the art of hand planing, they would have thought of this instantly. A well tuned hand plane has the voice of an angel.

You see, I am an artiste. Not just the garden variety Internet commenter seeking freebies. I don’t stoop to that level. I take the high road. Yep… That’s how I do.

So, in summation, shame on all of you. Trying to win my free DVD set.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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mrsKennyMak

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#12 posted 66 days ago

LOL to buckethead!!! ;-D

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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Don W

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#13 posted 66 days ago

Asking about the advantages of hand planning is like asking if compromise is an advantage in an extraordinary marriage. Woodworking for most of us is more of a passion then just a chore. Although learning decent hand planning techniques will extend your woodworking capabilities and allow simplification of many intricate task, it also brings a sense of serenity, pride and overall enjoyment you just cannot get with power tools.

Hand planes have a certain allure that intimidates some, and attract others. You’ll find woodworkers who use hand tools, have a passion about their trade (or hobby) that goes beyond just getting the job done. We like the journey, we like to teach it, talk about it, listen to others, and ever expand on that journey.

If you can slide a well-tuned, freshly sharpened bench plane across a well-chosen and well figured piece of stock and not sense the history of the trade, not hear the smoothness of the grain, and not feel a passion for the wood, then you’re missing the whole point a tree was ever created in the first place.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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TheJBitt

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#14 posted 66 days ago

You might like it!

Also, sometimes a hand plane is actually the more effective/efficient way to go, if you already know how to use it.

-- I make great sawdust. -Jon in Warsaw, IN

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theoldfart

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#15 posted 66 days ago

Don, I can’t truly improve on this statment. Wish I was this articulate about what I do! Well said Don.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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