Tips From the Scrap Pile No. 93 – 3 Families of Hand Planes

March 25, 2007

There’s more to hand planes then just the metal bodied versions we’re most familiar with. Hand planes can be easily classified into three families based on their use.

1) Bench Planes – the work horses of the hand plane world. As the name implies these are the ones most used on the bench by craftspeople.

2) Joinery Planes – specialized planes for specialized joinery such as rabbets, dados, tenons, etc.

3) Shaping/Moulding Planes – specialized planes for mouldings or decorative trims and edges.

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