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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