The Proper Handling Of Tools – Woodworking Planes

By | August 28, 2018

The carpenter of today is generally supplied with all manner of planes; rabbeting-planes, beading-planes, circular-planes, ploughs, etc., besides the more commonly used jack-plane, fore-plane, and smoothing-plane. Each of these planes has a special form of work to do, but ordinarily one will have occasion to use but the last three named, and many get along with but a jack- and a smoothing-plane.

The Jack Plane

The Jack-plane is the plane you will first need to remove the rough surface of undressed lumber, and also to reduce quickly the thickness of wood. The cutting edge of the blade is ground so as to gouge the wood, removing thick shavings, but leaving ridges and hollows which must afterward be removed by a fore-plane or smoothing-plane.

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There is one trouble in using the smoothing-plane for this operation, however, and that lies in the danger of it following the hollows formed by the jack-plane, making a smooth but uneven surface.

The Fore-plane, on the other hand, has a long enough stock to prevent the blade from cutting the lower portions until the high portions have been removed. Although a fore-plane can be used alone for smoothing large work, it is more convenient to finish up with

The Smoothing Plane

The Stanley iron plane is a great improvement over the old-style wooden ones, and is the, most popular plane used to-day. It is more easily handled, as its iron is quickly put in place and adjusted.

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