Archive for the ‘Woodworking Planes’ Category

Jul

18

A better steel for your woodwork tools?

By Jeremie

Creating, and maintaining, a sharp edge on your woodwork tools is one of the keys to success with any edge tool such as a woodworking plane or chisel. At the same time, it is one of the things that many people struggle with, particularly newcomers to woodworking. There have been many advancements in tool steels […]

Sep

29

How to turn £5 into £145,000 with your woodwork tools

By Jeremie

I read with great interest this story about the £145,000 that was raised at the auction of 240 tools from the collection of a cabinet maker, and it all started with a £5 investment in a single Norris woodworking plane. Admittedly, this was no ordinary collection – the owner of the collection, David Russell, has […]

Jun

16

The Jointer Plane or Trying Plane

By Jeremie

The jointer plane (also commonly called the try or trying plane) is a woodworking tool designed for planing long edges square, straight and true. “Jointing” is the term used to describe this process, as it is generally done to prepare a board to be joined to another board, so that a single, wider board is […]

May

28

Woodworking Tools – The Scrub Plane

By Jeremie

In these times of pre-prepared timber and power thicknessers/planers, the scrub plane is one of the woodworking tools that you don’t see as often as other planes. Scrub planes do still come in handy in a number of situations such as (in my case) when you don’t have a thicknesser, or your board is too […]

May

20

The Block Plane

By Jeremie

The smallest of the planes commonly found amongst woodworking tools, the block plane is normally only about 5-6 inches long, and is designed to fit comfortably in one hand. Originally designed for trimming end grain, the block plane is a versatile woodwork tool that you will find many uses for. As I have mentioned in […]

May

6

The Smoothing Plane

By Jeremie

The smoothing plane is generally slightly smaller in length than the Jack Plane – typically 9-10inches long, with a blade width of around 2 inches, and is the last plane to be used to finish the surface of your wood. Many fine craftsmen will use the smoothing plane as the tool which gives the final […]

Apr

29

The Jack Plane

By Jeremie

This is the first of a series of very brief entries in which I intend to cover some of the different types of my favourite woodwork tools – hand planes. I thought I would start with one of the most common – the Jack Plane. The Jack plane is probably the most used of the […]

Feb

8

The Block Plane – My Latest Woodwork Tool

By Jeremie

Recently, I have developed an interest in building timber kayaks, and have launched into a project to construct my first kayak. I decided to dip my toe into the water (so to speak), by taking the easier stressed ply construction method, rather than jumping in with both feet and attacking a strip built kayak as my first project.   […]