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The Jointer Plane or Trying Plane

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 created.

As the aim of the jointer is to create, long, flat edges, so the sole of the jointer plane is flat and long – very long! Jointer planes typically have a sole that is from 18in right up to 36in long – quite a hefty looking tool!

While some other planes (such as the jack plane, and even the smoothing plane) may have their blades honed to a slight arch, or the corners rounded, the blade on the jointer would typically be ground square. This ensures that the edges of the boards being jointed have the best chance of being square, ensuring an even, tight fitting join.

When using a jointer on the edge of a board, initially the shavings will probably be quite short, as the long sole of the plane ensures that the blade will only hit the high spots on the edge. As these high spots are lowered, the shavings will become longer and longer, until you get a straight edge, which will give you a shaving the entire length of the board.

The No.8 is a typical metal-bodied jointer, such as this example by Anant however many people do love the traditional wooden-bodied jointer, such as this superb looking wooden bodied jointer. There aren’t many woodworkers around who wouldn’t love to have a beautiful tool like this in their workshop – to me woodwork tools such as this are almost a piece of art – but are better than just art, as are also fully functioning woodworking tools.

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