bench planes

Bench planes – blade steel choices

Makers of edge tools, including plane blades, need to be concerned about several different properties of steel: Toughness: This is...

bench planes – thick or thin irons?

From the time they were introduced in the 1860s by Leonard Bailey until quite recently, metal bench planes were supplied with thin...

bench planes – tapered or parallel blades?

This article is about blades used in wooden planes(I originally submitted most of this research in a discussion hosted on woodcentral, with thanks to very...

bench planes – honing

Once you’ve ground the blade to to about the right angle then you need to hone it in order to create a...

bench planes – sharpening angles

Once you have established the rough shape of the bevel (see previous post) the next step, referred to as honing or...

bench planes – grinding

grinding the bevel – the mechanical approach There are two basic techniques – the first method I’ll describe is the one...

bench planes – preparing the iron

Sharpening! A quick trawl of the internet reveals a typically bewildering array of opinions on this topic, and if you look...

bench planes – flattening the sole

In the previous post we found out how to check your plane’s sole for flatness.   If you buy a new...

bench planes – how flat does the sole need to be?

Given the function of bench planes it is unsurprising that the sole of your plane should be flat, but views differ...

bench planes – the cap iron

You might recall that the cap iron is the part that is held on top of the cutting iron with a shallow bolt....

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