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Forum topic by ChipByrd posted 08-20-2014 02:56 AM 948 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2014 02:56 AM

O.K., it’s not quite that bad, but close. Today is the first day I’ve ever used a hand plane. I bought a couple at a yard sale and they have been stuffed in a drawer in my shop. I would like to learn how to use them. I was hoping that someone could point me in the right direction. I’m looking for a book/DVD/website that explains the basics.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-20-2014 03:09 AM

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 03:14 AM

Also there aremany threads concerning planes on the forums. Check out “hand plane of your dreams”.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 03:57 PM

Books, DVD’s and YouTube are all good, but finding someone near you that can show you up close is best (IMHO). If you’re near Albany, NY you are welcome to come by and learn what little I can show you.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 04:08 PM

Watch Paul Sellers videos on youtube and pay close attention to the sound of a properly sharpened and cutting plane.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 04:34 PM

Thanks for the replies. This gives me some good starting points.


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#6 posted 08-20-2014 04:35 PM

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

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#7 posted 08-20-2014 10:23 PM

Chris Schwartz DVD “Super-tune a Handplane” is also good if you have old ones you want to bring to good working order.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#8 posted 08-20-2014 10:34 PM

This is my go to book. Very easy to follow

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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