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How To Use A Hand Planer

How To Use A Hand Planer

In this short video tutorial, a professional carpenter explains how to set up and operate a hand plane and demonstrates its use.

I'm going to show you now how to use hand planes. The three I have on the bench here are smoothing planes and jack planes. You can buy these anywhere.

Any of your main DIY stores will have these or any decent tool shop. The large one will mainly be used in fine cabinetry making and it's not really used around the home. I would mainly use this on fine carpentry, including walnuts, oaks, etc.

, when I need to get a perfectly flat area on the piece of timber. What this would enable me to do, when I'm planing, there will be no tilt on the timber. So when I'm planing over the width of the blade, this will be perfectly flat.

So when I want to lay that through there, I will have no gap. This is perfectly designed, the way the steel is set, that that is perfectly flat. The next one down is this same principle, but again, obviously, over a shorter distance.

I would again use this for planing indoors. But the general one I use at home and around the job site, and if you're going to buy one, I would advise you buy one of these, is this. They're a lot smaller and a lot more versatile.

It's very easy to set up. You have an adjusting nut on the back, which tilts the blade up or down, and you have a wig nut on the side, which again, lets the blade tilt left and right. When setting this up, sight the plane through, and you should see the same amount of blade showing by simply just adjusting the nut on the back and minding the ferrule that make the blade come out or make the blade go in.

This again can be used indoors, and most people who don't want to use their electric plane, will go to this. I prefer to use an electric plane when I'm planing indoors, but I do use this sometimes when I don't want to make a lot of mess. I simply just run this up and down.

As you can see, I haven't got the blade set up; I'm just showing you for camera purposes. And to make the wood come off, I simply tilt this here. That will make the blade go down and enable me to cut.

Then what will happen is the wood will come out. So there you go. That's how you use hand planes. .