Just as Jim Russell made hide glue believers of many of you last year, open your minds and let Jim show you amazing things that can be done with a hand plane.
Power planers, jointers and table saws are wonderful labor saving devices when it comes to milling up lumber for our projects. Hand planes remain the most versatile and indispensable tool that perfects wood surfaces left by power planers and jointers, cleans up saw marks left by the table saw and gets our wood flat. As the most precise tool in the workshop, it is the perfect for fitting joints and joining wood.
In this session we will discuss how most woodworkers can achieve wonderful results with just one or two planes. We will do practical demonstrations of modern day shop situations where hand planes provide the most accurate and efficient solutions. We will use the same plane to work on veneers as thin as 1/28" and lumber as thick as 4", show how to improve the surface left by a planer or jointer, and fit joints. We will show how shooting boards provide an amazing "next level" of accuracy when bringing your lumber to length or making the infamous miter joint.
We will address the ultimate plane issues: