435 Jointer Planes

June 16, 2010

Moving along with our discussion of bench planes it’s time to take a look at the jointer planes. The jointers are our middle of the road tools. These are the tools we reach for once we’ve taken our stock from it’s rough cut faces and edges, leveled out the big hills and valleys and are ready to take the material to it’s final finished dimensions.

The jointers are big planes that have the weight to push through knots and tricky grain with little to no effort. But they can wear you out quickly if you’re not careful. Typically I use my own to prep stock for final smoothing with a smaller smoothing plane. But you can easily set one up to act very much like a smoother if you really desired the workout.

To find out more about which planes are which and what kind of job they do best, visit Patrick’s Blood & Gore at www.supertool.com.

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  1. jHop says:

    when you talk about the feedback being different, what do you mean? (It should be obvious by the question that I don’t have a lot of experience with the hand plane… the last experience started with a six inch wide board and ended with a pencil…)

    • Matt says:

      What I’m referring to when I talk about feedback with a hand plane, is the feel of the resistance and the topography of the stock, when I’m taking shavings. With some planes you can feel every bump on a board which lets you know where the sole might be skipping over a low spot or rocking on a high spot.

      The feedback helps you to determine where you need to add more pressure and push to get through some tricky grain, or where you can back the blade off for a lighter pass.

      It’s much like driving down the road in a car with bad shocks. But in this case, you want to feel the bumps because then you’ll know where you need to work the rough spots out.

      As for your pencil project, I’ve been known to turn planks into toothpicks LOL.

      Hope this helps.

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