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bench planes – tapered or parallel blades?

This article is about wooden planes, but there is an interesting parallel between the blade choices available to wooden plane users...

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 – preparing the iron

Sharpening the iron – part I – options for preparing the face of the plane iron. A quick trawl of the...

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 steel metal part that is held on top of the cutting iron with a...

Setting up and sharpening bench planes (intro)

Here is what I discovered about setting up and sharpening bench planes. If you read some of the many bench plane discussions on...

How to refurbish a bench plane

How to refurbish a bench plane

This post describes how to refurbish a bench plane.  To show what can be done with even the most unpromising...

Dating record bench planes

The most complete reference I could find about dating record bench planes is by David Lynch: http://www.recordhandplanes.com …and the information in...

Record bench planes – a brief history

Old Record bench planes show up on Ebay UK on a weekly basis and are frequently described by optimistic sellers as “Vintage”,...

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