Not exactly a joint, but the hand plane is such an essential tool for woodworking that we added this video to the course. Frank goes over the many different types of planes before focusing on the main smoothing planes he commonly uses. He takes the plane apart to show you the different parts and then goes over how to properly adjust the plane laterally and depth-wise. Lastly, he’ll show you proper usage of a hand plane for both jointing and smoothing.


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Not exactly a joint, but the hand plane is such an essential tool for woodworking that we added this video to the course. Frank goes over the many different types of planes before focusing on the main smoothing planes he commonly uses. He takes the plane apart to show you the different parts and then goes over how to properly adjust the plane laterally and depth-wise. Lastly, he’ll show you proper usage of a hand plane for both jointing and smoothing.

J MICHAEL N. Dallas, TX
In one of your videos you said to see the video on restoring a chisel. I don't find one by that name. Is it yet to come out? You also mentioned one called How to set up a plane. Where do Iook for that one?
July 12, 2014 16:59
Kenneth W. Waco, TX
The video on restoring a chisel is the one titled "Chisels–In Depth" in the sharpening course. Sorry for the confusion. In the sharpening course we go over sharpening a hand plane, in this course we go over the basics of setting up the plane. We have a future course planned on in-depth setting up of all the different kinds of planes. This video should get you well down the road though on setting up most of the planes you'll be dealing with on a daily basis.
July 13, 2014 10:42
Jay E O. Hitchcock, TX
This question is about a #4 smooth plane. Lie-Nielsen sells this plane in a bronze or iron version. The bronze weighs 1/2lb more than the iron version. Other than weight is their any other advantages to using the bronze plane compared to the iron plane.
February 23, 2015 12:49
Randall D. Dallas, TX
Frank I'm considering buying a plane for stock prep and similar task and to supplement my jointer. A scrub plane seems appropriate and would make fast work of taking out twist etc but a jack plane would be better at the same and subsequent tasks. If you were going to chose one which would you chose? The Lie Nielsen low angle jack? This plane with some of the other specialized blades like the toothed and 90 degrees seems the most versitile. Thanks for your time and thoughts.
March 2, 2015 16:47
Frank S. Waco, TX
RD, Sorry for the slow response here, sometimes the questions slip by me. This is a fairly loaded question. First off I really like the low angle jack plane. However, I do not like having to switch blades between work. I think the low angle is great for fine stuff but it does not have the heft for removing a fair amount of stock. I would not use it as a scrub plane. I have had success with just taking an old Stanley no 5 and converting it into a scrub plane by putting a convex shape on the end of the iron. Then you can get the low angle jack for the finer work. Actually I prefer the Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 for a lot of my work but if you are preparing all your stock by hand you will need a few more planes, including a scrub plane, and a jointer plane. Hope this helps.
April 14, 2015 07:17