Tuning and Using Handplanes


A comprehensive class on that most inimitable tool: the handplane

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Taught by Back Channel Staff

Saturday, November 9th, 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Lunch provided)

The hand plane is the quintessential woodworking tool.  If it were invented today, it would be considered the greatest woodworking innovation of all time.

Each student will tune a vintage hand plane to take gossamer thin shavings that will forever change the way you work wood. Tuning means preparing the hand plane by inspecting the and disassembling, correcting flaws, flattening surfaces, sharpening the blade, and other steps.

Students will tune a smoothing plane ( one of #3, 4, 4½, 5, 5¼ old Stanley or other makers).  Don’t panic if you do not own a suitable hand plane.  We have plenty of vintage hand planes from $40 – $60.  If you own a hand plane, please consult with the instructor prior to the class to be sure that it suitable – see the first key lesson.

Key Lessons:

  • How to identify a hand plane from a boat anchor
  • Handplane anatomy
  • Tuning and Sharpening
  • Handplane Theory
  • Blade cambers (curves)
  • Handplane set-up
  • Shooting edges
  • Care & Maintenance