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Forum topic by tolmeda posted 11-14-2009 02:42 AM 1794 views 3 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2009 02:42 AM

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I’ve got a few projects in mind for the winter especially as we get close to gift-giving season and I was wondering if anyone has any advice on getting started with hand planing.

My main motivation is lack of funds for a power planer and jointer setup and because I want to learn the manual way before sinking more money into machines (which is inevitiable).

One simple project I want to work on is the ever popular cutting board. Can I get adequate straight, parallel, and 90 degree dimensions using a hand plane if I take it slow?

The library down the street has The Handplane Book on the shelf so I’m off to grab it now.

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#1 posted 11-14-2009 03:00 AM

Thats a good advice. If I was just starting out with hand planes I would stick with the softer woods, like White Pine, Soft Maple, Poplar, etc.

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#2 posted 11-14-2009 03:07 AM

Start with the book, and get a piece of wood and plane it to get the feel for your planes.

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#3 posted 11-14-2009 05:27 AM

I have several books on handplaning bust the very best on is by Chris Schwarz called Handplane Essentials .
I will give you a whole tone of advice about using and tuning handplanes. I’ve put a link below to the book.

And are links to couple of reviews of the book. On the Amazon link you will have to click on “view inside of book”.

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 05:07 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I’ve read the books that my local library carried and I’m planing to start practicing this week. Need to pick up a moderately priced bench plane to start with.

@John Gray – The Handplane Essentials book looks like a keeper. I’ll have to see if I can track down a local copy of it.

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