Hand planes are time savers. They can smooth wood, flatten a board, and chamfer an edge. Learn how to tune and use them. We will make two hand planes this week: a bench plane and a high angle block plane. Making your own hand tools that are useful and beautiful is a gift that you give to yourself. They will give a lifelong satisfaction and you'll have some very useful tools for your bench and shop. Every time you go to do a job that only that tool does, you'll know you crafted it.
Designing and crafting a wooden hand plane is an astonishment. It seems so simple, but how could it possibly work? We take a chunk of laminated wood, saw it up, creating the bed for a thick hardened and tempered steel plane iron. Then it's glued back together and next shaped for your hands. Add a wedge and your iron and you'll be cutting shavings of wood with a tool so light and beautiful. Wooden hand planes are instruments as much as tools. And since all instruments need fine tuning, making a brass head tuning hammer has to be included in our tool list. This is a hammer you use for fine adjustments of your wooden hand plane to tap the wedge home but also to move the iron and set it for just the right kind of shaving.
Once our planes are assembled and tuned to prime working condition we will explore their many uses and all the nuances of a custom built hand plane. Come join us for this great experience and design and build some fantastic tools. It will open new doors for you as you see some of the possibilities being a tool maker offers.
This workshop qualifies as a prerequisite course for our Mastery Programs with Gary Rogowski.