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Setting Up a Hand Plane for Work

How to Take the First Plane Cut

As usual several topics covered this week but the one that I get asked a lot about is how to set your plane to get it cutting on that first cut.  Any time the blade is removed there is a bit of set up to go through to get the hand plane cutting nicely again.  In my experience most of us fiddle with the plane too much at this point, shooting for perfection.  In reality setting up a hand plane is much more eyeballing than anything else.  Using the shape and position of the shaving is what will really tell you if your plane is set up properly

Topics Covered & Time Markers

  • Sloping Gullets and Skip Tooth Patterns (0:00)
  • How to build a workbench without a workbench (30:04)
  • Can You Use a Bandsaw blade to make a resaw frame saw? (1:03:00)
  • Auger Bit Troubleshooting (12:15)
  • Setting Up a Hand Plane for the First Cut (41:00)
  • Making Straight-ish Pegs and the Peg Hook (1:07:05)

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