The bench plane has three jobs in the woodshop: to straighten the wood, to smooth it and to remove it. It sounds so simple when you put it that way, but many woodworkers are confused by all the different sizes of bench planes available, from the tiny 5-1/2 -long No. But somewhere along the way, I developed affection for hand planes and began to unlock the mysteries of their use. Asking what size bench plane is the best to buy is sort of like asking what size drill bit is best. Stanley’s related numbering system has any relevance to how the planes are used or in which order they should be employed. Bench planes can be separated into three functional groups:.
There is no commonly accepted numbering system for wooden bench planes–they are identified by just their length and width. This is a video put out by the folks at Popular Woodworking Magazine and Woodworking Magazine (which are actually merging into one magazine with the April 2010 issue. Introduction:The first part of the DVD starts out by talking about the historical background of bench planes and then quickly breaks bench planes into three categories based on their length and job. Even though I’ve been using bench planes for years and have a good sharpening system that works for me, I took away several pearls from this video (the best being how to get a consistent radius on my irons). Stanley 12-905 14-Inch No.5 Contractor Grade Smooth Bottom Bench Plane. We’re pairing the Tormek T-7 Sharpening System with the Tormek Handtool Kit to save you money and give you enhanced accuracy, convenience and versatility! With the T-7’s new Square Edge Jig, your blades will automatically be squared to the grinding wheel without the need for picky adjustments.
A hand plane is a tool for shaping wood. When powered by electricity, the tool may be called a planer. The circular or compass plane, which utilizes an adjustment system to control the flex on a steel sheet sole and create a uniform curve. A concave setting permits great control for planing large curves, like table sides or chair arms, and the convex works well for chair arms, legs and backs, and other applications. A jack plane is the general-purpose bench plane, used for general smoothing of the edges, sizing of timber but only making it smaller to correct size wood edge jointing. Early planes were all wood, except for the cutter, or combined a wood base with a metal blade holder and adjustment system on top. Although there were earlier all-metal planes, Leonard Bailey patented a number of all-metal planes and improvements in the late 19th century. The Bedrock and frog evolved from Stanley’s Bailey bench plane, the standard for nearly 40 years. A later improvement in Bedrock planes came in 1910, when Edmund Schade, then superintendent of production at Stanley, patented a system of draw pins and tapered screws that allowed the frog to be securely drawn down on the base.
Published articles – Do Veritas Bench planes cut the mustard? Martin Brown of BriMarc tools had just brought me three shiny Veritas bench planes. We have very primitive flattening systems, a plate glass on a thick kitchen worktop and relatively fine abrasive. In this online woodworking video class Roland Johnson shows how to repair and rebuild classic Stanley hand planes. Woodworking expert Roland Johnson teaches you how to tear down and rebuild three classic hand planes. And learn Roland’s unique – and affordable – system for sharpening blades. Large Hand Plane, adapt box too, French clip system for maximum storage. There are five bench planes in the new line of customizable bench planes from Veritas, and over the past few months I’ve been using three of them (No. Across the pond, however, they seem to favour a more exotic system of nomenclature, hence the ‘carcass saw’ from Veritas. This stuff is applicable to all Stanley bench planes, and comes from my observances of literally hundreds, if not thousands, of these planes. These were sold by Stanley to school systems as replacement totes for the poor planes that suffered the onslaught of destruction as wrought by the punks of yesteryear. You Satan worshipers out there might find them a useful prop during your schtick by placing three of them alongside each other. Castings in the form of iron-bodied planes on the other hand were developed and designed to remove the necessity and reliance on such skill. At some point, a year or more later, the plane soles are lifted to milling machines and the work begins to develop meeting points on the inside of the sole where the frog, the central hub governing all of the plane’s future settings, registers on three fixed points inside the mid section of the sole. The Bailey Adjustment necessitates a certain amount of back lash in the adjustment system in order for the screw to able to turn.
I’ve decided to buy three new hand planes. The sky is the limit as to price. You need some kind of sharpening system to keep your blades sharp. The system is not important but sharp blades are very important. When it comes to larger bench planes, I recommend either starting with a No. This can be expensive for some systems, and even more expensive to bounce between systems:-). I have a block plane and a 3 they or cheap groz I did alot of work on the number three flatning it was not fun but the results were great and with a sharp edge I can get some good curls or shaving whatever you call them( I showed them to my wife and kids and they said wow dad if they only new what it took to get them)and now that it is flat and sharp,What do I do with it. I’m Building The Best Hand Plane Refinishing and Restoration Resource on the Internet. I use a colored System Three epoxy and a straight metal pin with masking tape wrapped around it in cause I forget to remove the pin before the epoxy sets well.