bench planes

bench planes – laminated vs steel blades

If you pick up a wooden bench plane from the the last century (there are lots of them about still!)...

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...

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