Could this be my new favourite Block Plane? |Tool Tuesday

Could this be my new favourite Block Plane? |Tool Tuesday

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Welcome to Crimson Guitars and Ben’s home workshop. In this video, Ben is unboxing a little block plane that would have been most useful in the Hand Tool Only Build. This is the HP-8 Mini Block Plane by Bridge City Tool Works. Could this be Ben’s new favourite low-angle block plane with added features?

0:00 Introduction
0:05 An unboxing of a Bridge City Tool Works Block Plane
2:01 The Features Explained
5:11 Looking at the depth guides – would you use/need them?
9:12 Demonstration – he’s impressed!
10:06 Conclusion

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  1. Eric Jewell on April 5, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Yes, Ben! More of this!

  2. Robert Mansell on April 5, 2023 at 8:41 am

    Nice but still Chinese so I’m out. Clifton low angle ❤

  3. michael peake on April 5, 2023 at 8:42 am

    had another mad idea….put bearings on the depth gauges and run them in a track so they cant go up or down from the piece being planed… put the wood in the channel between them stops linear variation in thickness but you still get to feel your piece as you work it. Same thickness throughout the length of the piece and still the feel in the hand as you plane when you hit harder and softer sections of the length.
    …hand held thicknesser??

  4. H. Michael Hansen on April 5, 2023 at 8:44 am

    I would like more "cool tool" videos some vintage some modern some reimagining of tried and true ideas your take, and enthusiasm towards whatever you are working on or with is always entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes inspiring. That said I much prefer the older Bridge City tools over the modern counterparts even though they cost at least twice the price.

  5. CreaverI on April 5, 2023 at 8:44 am

    I love Tool Tuesday and i love the HP8. I bought it about a month ago and the thickness planing skids are soo useful when building smaller items. The overall quality is good, but i don’t like the cutting depth adjustment with the locking nut. That came loose once or twice during use and its a such a pain to get it working again.

  6. Fungus V3 on April 5, 2023 at 8:48 am

    more tools please

  7. Shane Warild on April 5, 2023 at 8:49 am

    I bought one of these for making wooden arrows. I felt the depth stop integral to the task. Unfortunately the depth stop becomes a very uncomfortable hotspot in the palm of my hand. Shame really as the rest of the tool is so well thought out.

  8. Micah Noel on April 5, 2023 at 8:52 am

    The chiseling of the wet wood in a previous video caught my attention because I’d wondered if it was something anybody would do… meaning “lube” up the wood as one would metal while cutting it. I’ve experimented this year with some very hard woods and the only conclusion I came to was that either my jigsaw blades are not the best available or that I should have just gotten a bandsaw.

  9. TPB Guitar on April 5, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Definitely think you should buy them all and then donate them to novice/just starting luthiers… just an idea… and yes, like tool videos, think that you should do more… also, I wish I had friends like yours….

  10. Scott Man60 on April 5, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Ben I bought that plane about a year ago, I got a crazy sale price I honestly think I payed $60us I freaking love that plane I used it a lot on my last uke I built, I still have not sharpened it, It needs to be sharpened but like you I cannot leave the back of the iron in touched like they recommend. Thanks Ben You Rock👍👍🎸🎸🎹🎼👨🏻‍🦯👨🏻‍🦯

  11. Matthew Dennis on April 5, 2023 at 8:53 am

    It looks like a formule One car

  12. Edward Pentney on April 5, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Maybe the side panels are not linked so that you can have one side set to use as some kind of fence ?

  13. Stu Ahlers on April 5, 2023 at 8:58 am

    A man with passion for all things, turn around and look behind you, more tools please!o

  14. Mike Campbell on April 5, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Yes, more tools please. And a maybe a primer on basic luthier tools would be interesting as well.

  15. James Crisafulli on April 5, 2023 at 8:58 am

    I have all three Bridge City Planes and I won’t use anything else unless I need a larger plane for shooting. Their tools are the best!

  16. The Divine Hammer's Woodworks on April 5, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Veritas all the way, but hey I am Canadian. 😉

  17. DevinJuularValentine on April 5, 2023 at 9:00 am

    I’ve just started my course at West Dean and I’m struggling to make a decision about what low angle block plane to get, and crucially where from. I really like the idea of having a lateral angle adjuster rather than tapping with a hammer, but can’t seem to find that from Veritas or Lie Nielsen. Help! I really should get one by next week!

  18. Peter Lundin on April 5, 2023 at 9:00 am


  19. Roel van Heur on April 5, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Buy m all Ben! You know you need them 😉

  20. michael peake on April 5, 2023 at 9:01 am

    try suggesting to them that they install geared friction spindles with the requisite toothing in the depth gauges….. simples!! just raise and lower as required👍

  21. Mr Waffles on April 5, 2023 at 9:03 am

    Pin gauges are an extra $100.

  22. BlackDragon on April 5, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Fun toys.
    Of course, if you add more toys, you need a bigger shed to hold them all. And I don’t think your yard has that much room left. 😉

  23. Damien Wise on April 5, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Ben, that’s a wonderful tool! Thankyou for your professional opinion and demo. I’ve been looking at getting a block plane for some time and wanting high quality, and you’ve helped me decide to get an HP-8 Mini Block Plane. Kudos to you, and more cool tool videos please.

  24. Lisa Harshberger on April 5, 2023 at 9:05 am

    Ben’s love of tools is so contagious. It is always fascinating to see the tools and watching you fix them, sharpen them then watch the woodworking porn of the tool working as it should.
    I get people just want the builds but tools are so important to these builds and the proper use of them more so.

  25. Gregatron on April 5, 2023 at 9:10 am

    I would love a video on the different types and uses of hand planes. Guitar specific or in general. I have a 4 plane that I rarely use but I’d love to get more into it.

  26. Kevin on April 5, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Yes. Regular tool-based content pls.
    Both old and new tools.
    Also, tool restoration videos like before

  27. Stephen Coster on April 5, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Hiya Bun,
    This was very much worth watching, thank you for the video, yes please, many more like this. Stay safe, Steve…

  28. Paul Shouse on April 5, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Ben, being comfortable with using planes doesn’t enter in to it, for CONSISTENT thicknessing of small stock those guides are the ONLY way to go.

  29. Ryan Evans on April 5, 2023 at 9:12 am

    I have an HP-8 and before I had a drum sander the skids were great for repetitive thicknessing tasks. I’d do things like rough thicknessing braces and binding in batches. Set the skids to the right height, and get through it all while listening to some music.

  30. R.L Lynch on April 5, 2023 at 9:14 am

    They look cool BUT still not the quality of U.S made Lie Nielson. It’s a shame china now makes the tools and @ the same price as Nielson.

  31. Peter Lundin on April 5, 2023 at 9:16 am

    I’ve used tmy Lie-Nielsen Palm-Block-plane daily since I bought i 30 years ago, its mouth is tight enough for me (Cuts endgrain like butter!)… Also have a Veritas LABP, does not get nearly as much use!
    Love Tool-Tuesdays, more of these!

  32. Pete Olson on April 5, 2023 at 9:18 am

    If you make your own bindings, this is a perfect way to thickness them (and braces too). At present I use double stick tape to attach 2mm wood bindings or brass rails to each side of the bottom of a Lie-Nielsen small block plane – but this little guy would be a nice upgrade from that DIY hack.

  33. Jkopala1954 on April 5, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Please get back to actually building guitars

  34. Richard Gregory on April 5, 2023 at 9:20 am

    The depth stop system looks clunky to me. Fiddling with 4 screws to try and get it all set up level seems like a pretty nasty solution. There has to be a better way than that.

  35. Rotas australis on April 5, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Yes, flash looking plane alright.
    You haven’t mentioned "Henry Eckert" low angle, adjustable mouth block plane. The HE block plane doesn’t have the height adjustable fences but, it is a spectacular plane, like all his other planes.

  36. Droid on April 5, 2023 at 9:22 am

    this plane looks pretty cool, if it was a little cheaper, i’d definitely consider it

    for now i’ll keep looking for an old record one, as i’ve used one, and i find the adjustment a lot better than the veritas block planes that i’ve used

    edit: ben, if you see this, have you ever considered getting a tormek for sharpening your chisels and plane blades? they’re amazing things for sharpening lots of tools

  37. john grant on April 5, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Twice as expensive as I’d imagined

  38. robin alexander on April 5, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Cant say I would buy one. Looks to me to be uncomfortably in the hand. Cheers from Tasmania. Ps. Hope you get many years of use out of it.

  39. Dan Peacock on April 5, 2023 at 9:29 am

    I’m intrigued by their other products as well…. dang it, Ben! You are just as bad as Dan & Mick that That Pedal Show for my wallet.

  40. Ale G on April 5, 2023 at 9:29 am


  41. Borgonian Evolution on April 5, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Ok Ok…. I’ll take one for the team.. You can mail that to me Ben. I will hide it from you best I can. Then any subsequent purchases you can just have mailed directly to me so you never see or touch them until you get it all out of your system. That way you could just keep on restoring the tools you already have for your content and us to enjoy.

  42. MrSeminole77 on April 5, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Had to return mine- BTC is nothing like it was before it became a china owned, china made tool company. Now it tier one pricing with tier three quality. Avoid.

  43. gregory h on April 5, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Sir Ben. Thanks for the Video, try these two block Planner. Woodstock D3832 Adjustable Block Plane, 1-5/8-Inch Blade Or No. 60-1/2 Adjustable Mouth Low Angle Block Plane Caliastro. Take Care. Go nite

  44. James Magalee on April 5, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Found it on sale in US for $79!

  45. csimet on April 5, 2023 at 9:34 am

    A great plane, having just received mine a short time ago (black Friday sale – more than half off at <$70 USD or ~57 pounds). I would disagree on locking/connecting the two fences, as independent control is much more useful… you could set an angled cut or, in my case, use one fence as an edge guide with the other raised up out of the way.

  46. Kevin on April 5, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Own them all you must 😀

  47. Paullyb79 on April 5, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Melbourne tool co just released a reasonably priced block plane. Wood Knight did a good review. I love my Ln 102 personally.. I have this plane but find it very uncomfortable to use.

  48. jr sanacore on April 5, 2023 at 9:36 am

    I’m really curious to see you with veritas tools. In my opinion it’s one the greatest todays maker for fine tool

  49. Digital Gorilla on April 5, 2023 at 9:37 am

    The series of tools they produce are not for you. You don’t need them Ben. (You do of course, but you asked us to talk you out of it)

  50. Andrew Smith on April 5, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Jerry Rosa at Rosa String works has a tiny little 1 inch plane he uses to carve mandolin tops!