Welcome to the hand planes page. This is where is list out my personal collection of hand planes and give out some taught on them and what I used them.
The scrub plane does miracle at removing stock in a hurry because of the high curve of the iron and wide open mouth.
I get to use the plane when I can get board larger then what the jointer can handle, which for me is 8″ (see the power tool page for more details). Don’t get me wrong, I give the jointer a good exercise, but I can’t resist nor limit myself on boards that are larger then the jointer can handle. If the project could benefit from it and I can get a hold of a larger board, the first plane to tackle it is the scrub plane.
Traversing the board with an angle is typically how I use the plane to remove the stock.
I have sold this plane as I was not using the plane enough to justify keeping it into my arsenal. I would prefer that someone have a better use then what I can do with it.
5 1/2 jack plane plane
This is the biggest plane I own to date (mass and length) and serves up as my jointer plane. Yes it misses a few inches from the traditional Stanley numbering No. 7, but for the work I do, the length of the plane serves me right for this task.
The iron is setup like a jointer plane with the corner of the iron relieved so it does not dig too much into the wood I am planning.
This is a Lie-Nielsen plane, which I believe is pretty much one of the only manufacturer that does them new today.
Low Angle Jack Plane
So why another jack category plane ? Well because of the position of the iron. To me, this is really my truly jack of all trade, popping a new blade in and it changes the plane altogether.
From a blade perspective, I have the stock blade and baught a second one that I grinded to 50 degree to address wood grain that is more difficult.
In most cases, I use this plane to finalise the serface of boards or small panels, making them ready for finish. Mouth is tight and the iron is pretty sharp and keep it that way.
The iron is in it’s default configuration of 45 degree or Common Pitch and has served well so far. Except for some board that have really trickier grain.
This is Lie Nielsen low angle version of the smoother. I’ve got this plane mainly for the ease to tackle some difficult grain, just by varying the grind angle of the blade, as it’s bevel up. I see myself use both the #4 and the 604 more or less equally, depending on the situation. I got an extra blade for the low angle version (on top of the one that comes with the plane) to give me quick options without too much work.
A block plane has been of real service in the shop, for end grain, breaking edges or all other smaller task to be performed.
This version is a low angle version from Veritas.
Rabbetting Block Plane
This plane has been my introduction to the hand tool world. This plane has been very good at tuning tenons and other operations that would require the blade to be flush with the body of the plane.
Large Router Plane
This is the big brother version and is a recent addition to my collection of hand planes. I use this plane mainly to bottom out any joints that can benefit from it. The micro ajustements to the blade works miracles to dial in the perfect fit.
Small Router Plane
This is the small brother and has been reserved for small detailed work for hinges. Although it lacks the finest in the ajustements of the height of the blade, it works wonders in the detailed areas where the large version would be too cumbersome to work with.
I chose the small shoulder plane because of the small size of projects that I work with, but it still does a very good job at what it can do. Because of it’s size, I see it as a nice complement to the rabbet block plane where it can’t fit into tight corners for example.
I am a previous owner of this plane. It is a very good plane and I would recommend it to any body that is interested on doing a lot of grooves by hand. For the amount that I did in my shop, I preferred to sell it to some one that would see better fit for this plane. Please visit the LeeValley web page for more details on this plane.
Skew Rabbet Plane
This is Lee valley’s version of the right hand skew rabbet plane. It is also known as a moving fillister plane because the fence is able to move to vary the width of the rabbet. The maximum would be the width of the plane. So far, it’s done a very good job to the intended purpose. The angled blade is a little tricky at start to sharpen, but go look in the video section of Lee Valley’s web site where they explain how to sharpen it properly.
I have seen sold this plane, seeing very little use in the work that I do. As for the small plow plane, is is very good and very well built. Just not seing enough use in my shop.