Time required for hand planing

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Forum topic by SeaWitch posted 11-07-2011 07:08 AM 953 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2011 07:08 AM

I’d like to ask a question to those who use hand planes instead of a jointer or planer. I don’t want to hijack the other related thread about jointers versus hand planes. I am hoping over time to move to more and more hand tools as my skills improve.

So for those who hand plane boards to make them dead flat on both sides, how long would it take you to do a 6” X 6’ board? Let’s assume your planes are perfectly sharp and you know what you’re doing, and let’s also assume that the grain is relatively straight and not like my avatar.


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#1 posted 11-07-2011 08:20 PM

I would say 15 minutes or so. All you need are planes set up for this work and it is not too bad to get it done.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 09:11 PM

This is definitely a simple question that has no simple answer. It depends greatly on how much material you have to remove and how smooth you want the surface. I’d say anywhere from 10 minutes for a quick smoothing/scraping to an hour or two to take 1/8” off both sides – using 3 or 4 different types of hand plane/scraper.

Thickness planing is one those areas where electrical tools have a tremendous quality/time advantage – particularly for large pieces.

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