Sep 152006
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Metal Bench Plane

by Chris Black

It’s an unfortunate reality that most metal bench planes don’t work to their full potential right out of the box, and that a certain amount of tuning needs to be done by the end user. With apologies to all engineer/machinist woodworkers, I will endeavor to explain how to tune a metal bench plane without involving a machine shop or taking up vast amounts of your valuable woodworking time or money. I’ll leave out the small stuff like after market blades and accessories. This is by no means the final word on this subject, but maybe you can pick up a thing or two from my many years of making a living with these wonderful tools. If you find my methods rudimentary or crude, let me paraphrase Jim Krenov who said at some point the engineer and artisan must part ways.

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  One Response to “Tuning Metal Bench Planes for the Rest of Us”

  1. I have been a custom furniture builder since 1995 a graduate of north bennett st school of woodworking in boston I have been taught that a planes sole must be flat to a certain degree now I wouldnt spend a day on it but it is very important flat work does begin with a flat plane

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