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The Craftsman's Path #12: The joy of a well tuned hand plane

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 10-17-2007 05:50 PM 1073 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent some time in the shop this past weekend working on a couple of final tasks for a new table before starting on the finishing.

I had a choice on how to do the work and opted for a simple block plane. If you’ve done work with well-tuned hand tools, then you know how my experience was…either way, you can read about it here.

Block Plane

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com



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WayneC

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 06:32 PM

Better add a Jointer plane to your list. : ^ )

Enjoy the slippery slope.

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 06:55 PM

Wayne,

It’s possible that a Jointer plane could be not too far down the road as well. However, I think that the smoother is first. I am still pondering between a cast iron and a wooden smoother. I’ve considered making a wooden smoother. Any thoughts?

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 09:10 PM

Mark,
They all work, from a $12 Stanley Bailey #4 to a$4500 Norris. Tune ‘em up and learn to use them. REad Wayne’s blogs on how to rehab planes. Start with a flea market special and when it works like it should you have earned the good ones but probably won’t need them. Until you understand how they work you can’t keep the best of them working. Good luck on the slippery slope.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 09:49 PM

I’ve got several nice metal smoothers (Stanely and LN). I’ve not played much with the wooden smoothers. I have in my near term project plans the intent to build a couple of wooden smoothers. I have all of the materials including a couple of Krenov style Hock blades. I’m just not as productive as Tom these days.

Have you gotten or looked at this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Mastering-Wood-Planes-Revised/dp/140272022X/ref=sr_1_1/102-3415546-3882525?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192650447&sr=8-1

It is a great book on planes in general. A must read.

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

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 10:20 PM

Tom,

I’ve tuned up a couple of older Record planes and they work well. I do like the Veritas block plane that I pictured (and used for this task) so I’m also looking at the Veritas bevel-up smoother and the low-angle smoother. I don’t have any wooden planes so I have considered making one – thought it would be a quick fun project.

Wayne: I don’t have that book, but I’ve seen it mentioned favorably several times. Maybe I’ll see if I can pick a copy up for reference. The last hand plane book I read was Garrett Hack’s book.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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#6 posted 10-17-2007 11:31 PM

Wayne showed me a video on Ron Hock making a plane and there is a set of instructions from The College of The Redwoods that Wayne found. Maybe he can highlight them for you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-18-2007 12:08 AM

Can do – Video

http://www.hocktools.com/kf175.htm

and Plans

http://www.crfinefurniture.com/1pages/sitelinks/howplane.html

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

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#8 posted 10-18-2007 12:10 AM

Here is a better video link….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLNRkyCTlT4

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

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#9 posted 10-18-2007 12:48 AM

Thanks, Wayne! I was looking at the Hock kit.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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