Hand planes

449 Building A Brese “J”- Style Small Smoother Pt 2

December 9, 20100 Comments

In this episode we’ll wrap up the final assembly of this amazing little smoother plane and I’ll explain the right way to do it, while also explaining WHAT I ended up doing instead. Of course luckily in the end it all came together and works just as well and amazingly as I had hoped and […]

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448 Building a Brese J-Style Small Smoother Pt 1

December 2, 20104 Comments

It’s been a long time in the making and that has nothing to do with the kit itself! My Brese J-Style Small Smoother has finally been completed and is making the most amazing shavings a plane has ever taken in the basement workshop. For those of you who’ve heard me talk about this project on […]

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437 The Smoothing Planes

June 23, 20104 Comments

We wrap up our discussion of the bench planes today with a discussion about Smoothing Planes. Next to the Jack Planes, the smoothers are probably one of the more common planes in the shop. In the Stanley Numbering System, the smoothers are the lowest numbers, 1-4. But you can easily recognize them by their smaller […]

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435 Jointer Planes

June 16, 20102 Comments

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 […]

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434 Replacement Blades and Chipbreakers

June 14, 20100 Comments

The quickest and easiest way to improve an old hand plane is to swap out the original blade and maybe even the chipbreaker. Not that there’s anything truly wrong with the original pieces, other than a little surface rust and maybe a nick or two, but if you were to hold the new old and […]

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433 Jack Planes “The Rough Ones”

June 9, 20103 Comments

Finally returning to our discussion on hand planes we pick back up by talking about the roughest planes on the bench. The Jack Planes! This class of bench plane falls between the large jointers and the smaller smoothers, but they’re the perfect size for doing rough work without wearing out the user. In the Stanley-Bailey […]

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432 Handplane Screwdriver

June 7, 20100 Comments

Today’s Try it Tuesday is the Lee Valley Handplane Screwdriver. Since the next few episodes will be continuing our discussion of hand planes, it only makes sense we need to cover some tools or accessories that go along with them. The Handplane Screwdriver is one such accessory. Unlike an ordinary screwdriver, the full length slot […]

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The Daily Matt No. 86

March 31, 20100 Comments

It’s time to wrap up our discussion of the block planes. Hopefully I’ve answered some questions and explained the how’s and why’s of using the block plane. It’s an important tool for all kinds of woodshops; powertool, handtool or hybrid. Regardless of whether it’s a low-angle or standard angle block plane, the block plane is […]

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The Daily Matt No. 85

March 28, 20100 Comments

Today’s episode for The Daily Matt is a quick demo of the basic tasks in my own workshop that the block plane takes care of for me. They’re very simple tasks, but almost no other plane does them as well. It’s easy to manipulate the plane to do what I need and get the results […]

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The Daily Matt No. 84

March 24, 20100 Comments

While I had originally planned for today’s episode to be a look at the different ways I use my block plane, but what I decided to do instead for was to demonstrate how and what I prefer to tweak on a block plane when it’s needed. Just like with any other tool, there are some […]

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