Common Hand Plane Problems and how to fix them.

Common Hand Plane Problems and how to fix them.

Setting up a hand plane is one of the beginning skills that can change your woodworking. tonight I want to look at common problems with them and how to set them up.

00:00:00 James Wright: What are we going to do today?
15:00 The Woodworking Monkey: Norris style adjustment or Bailey style? Which is better?
26:00 Tom West: ​I’m using stones now to sharpen. Are the diamond plates worth it?
38:00 The Woodworking Monkey: How should I prepare the chip breaker so that shavings do not get under it?
39:00 George Ortiz: ​when adding a back bevel to the plane and you polish the edge how are you supposed to strop it? Do you need to lift the back while stropping or keep the back flat???
40:00 Tom West: ​Does placing it diagonal while sharpening make a difference?
41:00 DBaca Maker: So how much of a burr are you looking for???
41:00 Russ Corbett: ​out of curiosity, I was always told to use a file to round the edge of the toe of the plane to help it glide a little easier,,, any pluses or minuses in doing that ??? all of mine are now that way
42:00 Punisher Woodworking: ​do you put a micro bevel on the iron on the last plate
43:00 sharpie0089: Is there a point at which a plane iron/chipbreaker are no longer worth continuing to sharpen/flatten? I have a chip breaker that I can’t seem to get flush with the iron.
45:00 mystang 89: Everytime I start out planing my plane stutters at the beginning of the piece but if I start in the middle it’s just fine. the edge is sharpened to 1000 grit and I strop. what an I found wrong?
49:00 Alan Smith: Does white oak have a mischievous oil that covers the face so of a wide board to keep the plane for cutting even on it
50:00 Russ Corbett: ​out of curiosity,, would there be any need or reason to ” open ” or ” widen ” the mouth ???
51:00 Jimmy A: I can’t get my No.3 to cut without leaving tracks. Will a frog that is not flat cause my plane to leave tracks?
52:00 Josiah Lacey: thoughts on a back bevel on a plane iron?
52:00 Uncle Bobby’s Hobby: Do the larger, jointing planes require more effort? I work a whole lot harder with my 6 than 3. 4, or 5.
53:00 Brigette Lopez: ​What does it mean if the plane stalls out right when it touches the wood?
55:00 Dennis Meko: ​Is sharpening bench plane and block plane and up angle planes the same process???
55:00 Butch Landry: ​Do you soften the edge of the soles?
55:00 David Arends: HOW DO YOU RESET A BEVEL ON A BLADE??
57:00 Jim Lee: ​When looking at a used plane for purchase, is it possible for the blade to be “consumed” or too short to function?
58:00 Kenny-Anjanette Horn: ​How critical is it that the entire sole of No. 7 plane is flat?
59:00Tom West: IS it worth it to get a no8 if you have a no7????
59:00 Nathan Grant: ​I have a No. 6 and hard to find an affordable No. 7… Is the No. 6 good enough for now?
59:00 Curtis Beeler: What are $ values for each plainer?
59:00 me me: ​How do you plane flat a book-matched panel using a Low angle bevel-up jack plane. The tear-out in the opposing side is terrible.
59:00 lgriffee932: ​How can I camber a plane iron with sandpaper? I don’t have a grinder
59:00 Christopher Lask: Would you use a #7 on a shooting board???

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25 Comments

  1. Edward Siger on April 13, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    My blade will not reach below the mouth to cut wood. Do not know how to fix it, It’s happening on a vintage Stanley I am restoring. It’s my first time restoring a hand plane, does anybody have any suggestions?



  2. Josh Aitken on April 13, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    "Push it down, add power"

    We have a pilot here, boys.



  3. alan g k on April 13, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I hope you planted three trees for the one you cut down.



  4. Robert Hamm on April 13, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I have a Kobalt bench plane, I backed that screw all the way and the blade is just barely making contact with the wood. Is there something else I need to do to get more blade out to cut the wood??



  5. A T H Mostafa on April 13, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Million thanks , I do love hand planes 😍 , thanks James .😊



  6. Justin Sane on April 13, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    james is quickly becoming one of my favorite creators



  7. Alejandro Cantu on April 13, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Ever time I hear the word slop use to discrib the lose fit of parts, I think about woodshop back 1977 Jr High School 7th grade, Mr Mctee saying "slop is what you feed pigs, that lose fit is called play"



  8. mpa fanai on April 13, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    James, i like your video very much, keep it up. I have a problem with my no 5 plane the depth adjustment of a plane is jammed , when i tried to increase the depth the knob turn one to two cycles and jammed but when i lose the cap iron it can turn freely but the cap iron is tied, i have the same problem again,i think the cap iron is not too tight, i use Indian hand plane copying stanley.From North eastern India.



  9. Harold Golden on April 13, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Very good video. I even learned some things!



  10. Bill Flores on April 13, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Hi. Have refurbished old hand planes in the past, taking extra care in not breaking the stem screw for front knob. My luck ran out today when, while attempting to remove the old stem for a newer one, the old rusted stem broke off with very little left to grab in an effort to turn to remove. Any suggestions? The plane I’m currently working on is a Bailey No. 6, circa 1910.



  11. CassieMorris2011 on April 13, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Anyone know how to fix a bent adjustment screw



  12. DJ Cline on April 13, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Hahaha I’m crying at your son “buddy is it Zelda?” Lmaooo



  13. Daniel Bohrer on April 13, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Whoa, you did a collab with Rex Krueger? Is there a video of that on here somewhere, because I cannot seem to find it…
    Edit: found it now 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRTnHNn08D8 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8gwUrmGK_8



  14. Brewer Shettles on April 13, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Audio levels too hot. Digital audio clipping is very harsh. Back off the level. Compress in post-production. Talk in a consistent level. Project your voice. Very irritating to hear you speak



  15. Vincent Bianco on April 13, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    How’s the prototype blade treating you? That’ll be exciting once it’s available



  16. MrSlushy87 on April 13, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the video! I recently restored a Stanley No 4 (from 1930-31 according to a site) and I am happy with the way it turned out. However, the only thing that I could not fix was the lateral adjustment leaver, that thing wackes like a dogs tail (a huge amount of play). It seems to work (?) I guess (I am new to woodworking) or at least it doesn’t seem to change blade alignment when it moves. The ratteling while working with it is anoying though. Since there are no screws to change/tighten: do you have any idea how to tackle that?



  17. Robert Phillips on April 13, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I have a jack plan I need to know assembly



  18. Ken Ostermeier on April 13, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    You should try beans!



  19. paul Jackson on April 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Will u have some wood plane videos



  20. Joyce Wallace on April 13, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    One of the best videos you have done. Thank you.
    Bob



  21. Lego Man 12345 12345 on April 13, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    this is interesting, youtube now shows time stamps in the progress bar! that is a handy adition!



  22. Temblador Pyrography and Woodworking on April 13, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    You answered a question I’ve had in my head with the very first thing you covered. The slop between the iron engaging! 🤯 You Da man!



  23. TheRaven0811 on April 13, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Some of the time stamps aren’t in line with the questions they indicate. Great video. Very informative.



  24. Foxy-CAM TV on April 13, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Whoa,your partner laughs like a banshee…my ears.



  25. UserNameAnonymous on April 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    @40:40 don’t they only harden part of the cutting iron? I thought the steel isn’t hardened all the way to the keyhole (the keyhole for the chip breaker screw). Is that true?