Hand planes

The Daily Matt No. 82

March 17, 20100 Comments

Continuing along with the discussion on block planes, today’s episode is an overview of some of the features I consider important in a block plane. Whether it’s the overall size of the body, the angle of the bed or something as simple as the feel of the front knob. Hopefully the things we talk about […]

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The Daily Matt No. 81

March 14, 20101 Comment

Block planes are small but extremely versatile tools that fit into your shop regardless of whether your a powertool user or a handtool user. Block planes fall in the family of bench planes and can be used for just about every job from rough to finish. There is some confusion about the standard and low-angle […]

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The Daily Matt No.79

February 24, 20100 Comments

It’s time to move from bench planes to specialty planes. While bench planes are very versatile tools that can be used for multiple tasks, specialty planes are very single task oriented. But when you choose the right one, that task is done extremely well and quickly! With specialty planes there are two families. One is […]

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The Daily Matt No.78

February 21, 20100 Comments

A listener asked about an unique looking hand plane he had in his collection. Is it important, does it make a huge difference when you use it? What is this unique hand plane he’s asking about? A corrugated sole hand plane. Unlike a typical smooth bottom hand plane, a corrugated plane has grooves or sometimes […]

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The Daily Matt No.77

February 17, 20102 Comments

For today’s episode we have a question from a listener regarding how to adjust the blade of a wooden bodied plane. As I had discussed earlier, wooden bodied planes don’t have mechanical adjusters like their metal-bodied cousins. But adjusting them is practically just as easy. All it takes for quick adjustments is a small hammer […]

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The Daily Matt No.75

February 10, 20101 Comment

Today let’s talk about wooden bodied hand planes. While the majority of us these days are only familiar with metal-bodied planes, the wooden version are just as usable and give equally amazing results when properly tuned. Is there a big difference in the shop when using them? With the limited experience I’ve had, they perform […]

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The Daily Matt No. 74

February 9, 20104 Comments

Today’s episode we take a quick look at some of the adjusters on the metal bodied planes. During an earlier episode I tried to explain the parts of a plane, but there was one little adjuster I completely overlooked. So while I go back to discuss this little adjuster that does a lot I thought […]

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The Daily Matt No. 73

February 8, 20100 Comments

Today’s episode is a chance to get caught up on some comments and questions that have come in and also to point you in the direction of resources to answer those questions. Many of you have asked when we’ll be covering plane restoration. It’s in the pipeline, just further down the line though. So until […]

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The Daily Matt No. 72

February 4, 20101 Comment

Today’s episode we’re continuing on our discussion of why buy premium planes? This is the second part of the premium vs non-premium planes and what their typical characteristics are. Our focus is on smoothing planes, as they’re the planes that it’s most crucial to have working better than any other. Flat soles, working parts and […]

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The Daily Matt No. 71

February 3, 20101 Comment

One of the most common questions I get regularly is “Why buy a high end plane like those from Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen?” “Is there a real difference?” “Can’t an inexpensive plane do the same thing?” After having some experience with Premium planes and some not so premium ones, I’m starting to understand what works […]

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