Bench Planes vs Block Planes | Hand Plane Foundations

Bench Planes vs Block Planes | Hand Plane Foundations

Welcome to my Hand Plane Foundations course. In this course I’m going to introduce the different types of bench planes and discuss their setup and use, focusing on the planes you’ll need most as a new hand tool woodworker. I’ll cover sharpening the iron, setting up the cap iron, and troubleshooting and tuning the tool up to perform at its best. I’ll finish up by building a modern two tone cutting board from some beautiful North American hardwoods, completely by hand. You can view the full course here:


  1. Joyce Wallace on August 4, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    For years I have been a Paul Sellers fan. Your approach is by far better in explanation. Thank you for your videos.
    Bob Wallace

  2. The Walnut Woodworker on August 5, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I have 3 block planes that I have only ever used a few times. I have a 220, 110 and a 9 1/2, they and all sharp. I find it much more convenient to just grab the No 4 off the bench or quicky adding a chamfer while smoothing the stock.