Getting Wood/Lumber Dead Flat with a Hand Plane

Getting Wood/Lumber Dead Flat with a Hand Plane

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On today’s woodworking skill builder I show you how to flatten a board with a hand plane. I also show you how to make VERY cheap and easy winding sticks. Flattening by hand is a right of passage for woodworkers and great exercise hahaha. Whether your lumber is wider than your planer, you have a giant slab, a work bench or you just like to use hand tools, this is a must have ability. Let me know what you’d like to see next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Trace Drummond on November 21, 2022 at 3:34 am

    What is the workbench you are using? It looks like a great compact bench!

  2. Mike Coughlin on November 21, 2022 at 3:34 am

    I totally appreciate the artistry and love of planing. That is not me. I want instant results (sanding I can deal with) without going back and forth until the wood is only 1/4 thick and still twisted. If good planes were not so expensive I might try it out but i cannot risk that and say I will never use a plane again.

  3. sean flesch on November 21, 2022 at 3:34 am

    I have ruined a lot of wood with a hand power plane. I have given up until I can afford a power feed plane.

  4. ThatGuyThatDoesStuff on November 21, 2022 at 3:35 am

    I did start my flattening "career" with a jack plane. Honestly, it wasn’t all that bad, just time consuming.

    Once I got a bandsaw, I started using my veneer sled to slice off the convex. I cut the concave out of the other side running the newly "flat-enough" side against the bandsaw fence. This saves a TON of time.

    I still finish the flattening with hand planes.

  5. David Pietranczyk on November 21, 2022 at 3:39 am

    Awesome video

  6. Steve Cunningham on November 21, 2022 at 3:40 am

    Another great video, thanks for the tips!

  7. N C on November 21, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Aint nobody got fuvkin time for this

  8. BlackOWLfly on November 21, 2022 at 3:42 am

    I decided to learn things the classic way and firstly master the hand tools. My first problem is that the cheapest boards that I got access to are having a lot of knots on each side and at least one grain direction change. Question is: how can I plane a board with many knots? Should I first carve them out with a chisel?

  9. Piotr Trocki on November 21, 2022 at 3:44 am

    8:50 I didn’t see shit because you were moving and panning the camera and not showing continuously how it should be done. When you want to teach people something in woodworking, you cannot use fancy editing effects. You can do it for final product.

  10. Jaoid Allaoui on November 21, 2022 at 3:45 am

    *Been waiting to get one for a while **MyBest.Tools** Love it and easy to use. Braced pieces and ran thru on edges. Solid product. Still using my hand planer.*

  11. TronoWolf on November 21, 2022 at 3:45 am

    in-bowly or out-humpy. non of those con-whatever

  12. Lance Roark on November 21, 2022 at 3:47 am

    How to make winding sticks:
    Do a bunch of prep work that I’m not going to show you, then do this.

  13. Michael Mager on November 21, 2022 at 3:48 am

    "Hump?? What hump??" Eyegore……

  14. CMDPromptify on November 21, 2022 at 3:50 am

    This is great. Some solid principles. Now I know what I need to make and practice ahead of my next project. Thank you!

  15. RabidScallion on November 21, 2022 at 3:51 am

    Love your Hand Plane series but I fundamentally do not understand how you can get a perfectly flat board (versus edge) when the front shoe is at the same level as the back shoe. Electric planers make more sense for this function where the front shoe is set lower than the rear. So how in the hell can you get a "true" flat surface if the blade protrudes lower than the shoe? I’ve not seen any videos yet from the other channel that address this.

  16. Money Penny on November 21, 2022 at 3:52 am

    Just use a straight edge. We don’t need no stinking sticks!😂

  17. Toby on November 21, 2022 at 3:52 am

    Very nice video. But when I try to flatten a board, somehow I keep ending up with low corners. Is that on how I hold my plane? Can it be my vise? My planes are all flat and straight. The blade is also parallel to the soul. I just can’t seem to find a solution to not end up with low corners

  18. Christopher Barns on November 21, 2022 at 3:53 am

    I’m ringing in the new watching this video despite the fact that I don’t have any money to get into woodworking.

  19. xSxNx0x on November 21, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Thanks for this. I have a small workbench I’m making that is my first hand planing project. I did plane it originally but I did not do it even. As no this helped out getting it straight. Appreciate the videos!

  20. XC2long4u on November 21, 2022 at 3:56 am

    When you looked at them with your camera you should have used a higher F stop to increase the depth of field.

  21. Edvas7 on November 21, 2022 at 3:59 am

    ‘Alright YouTube, we’re gonna teach you how to make a board super flat with little to no cost. First let’s make these sticks. *walks over to $74848748.00 table saw.’ 😅

  22. Maker Cuisine on November 21, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Working with hand tools is truly a labor of love and dedication

  23. Eugenio Gomez on November 21, 2022 at 4:01 am

    Can i do the same with an electric hand plane?

  24. Joe Kollar on November 21, 2022 at 4:02 am

    Perhaps using the same principle, newer technology would be to use a laser leveler to make this process faster (?)

  25. Ken Horn on November 21, 2022 at 4:02 am

    Are these good for planing the edges of 2×4’s ? I want to build tables but need a way to make boards with a nice square edge

  26. Chris Griffith on November 21, 2022 at 4:03 am

    I know there are traditionalists that value this type of experience. This is nice to know… However, at my age, paying 500-600 dollars for a great planer setup will extend my life greatly… and considerably cut down the time to when I can use the board. Is it just me, or did you take about a half inch off the top of that board… and you still need to do the other side??! On a planer/shaper, you can make a sled to attach the board to, (using hot glue firmly keeps the board in place) then after two passes, only the distance to the bottom of the troughs is taken off, maybe an eight inch or less in most cases, then just flip the board send it threw one more time and bang! You’re level both sides!

    PS- love your videos, and your info, not a bad one here, and there are several situations this is great to understand and know- so keep going!

  27. King Burger on November 21, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Dude. You should have a masterclass

  28. A R on November 21, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Jimmy Kimmel does woodworking?

  29. Sarah Guarino on November 21, 2022 at 4:05 am

    I’m very frustrated that making this tool requires an already flat edge for the boards in the beginning. I have a bunch of second hand wood and an old bench who’s tops are bending and warping so there are 0 flat edges in my workshop right now… add to that, any wood I buy at the store is flat when it’s made but by the time I buy it, it’s visibly not flat any more. It seems like every tutorial I watch requires an ALREADY squared piece of wood to start and I cant for the life of my find one.

    What is you recommendation for someone starting with all second hand tools and spaces like this? Should I buy a planer and try to plane the workbench first?

  30. shonuffisthemaster on November 21, 2022 at 4:08 am

    good video but its such a pet peeve of mine when woodworkers constantly say "dead flat", your board is not dead flat, its flat enough for woodworking. put a dial indicator on there to see how flat it actually is. its fine that its "flat enough" it doesn’t need to be flatter, but you also dont need to over sell its flatness using inappropriate descriptors.

  31. David Clark on November 21, 2022 at 4:08 am

    Good video, veery informative. Thanks for posting.

  32. SoundsToBlowYourMind on November 21, 2022 at 4:09 am

    A good way to remember the difference between convex and concave is: you go into a cave!

  33. Joseph Harskamp on November 21, 2022 at 4:09 am

    you’re one of the only woodworkers that get me to laugh. I laugh and learn at the same time

  34. Cameron Brakebill on November 21, 2022 at 4:10 am

    Super helpful content! I’m a novice and heard of winding sticks before but never knew the application. Definitely gonna try this out when trying to level out the top of one of my desks I’m working on. Thanks for keeping it short, sweet, and to the point.

  35. chari Muvilla on November 21, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Personally I would had reshot this. The whole concave vs convex situation is too confusing.

  36. welchit on November 21, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Oh boy…i got a 13ft red oak plank I need to plane. That should be fun!

  37. Александр Чумак on November 21, 2022 at 4:12 am


  38. Stefan K on November 21, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Great video and nice wrist watch! Which kind is it?

  39. Tim Anderson on November 21, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Being new to woodworking I thought it would be fun to hand plane a piece of oak 1/8” convex. What fun! I was so sore for days.

  40. Felix Hernandez on November 21, 2022 at 4:17 am

    What about using Aluminum Angle Bar or Tube as winding sticks?

  41. Daniel Kistle on November 21, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Great video! I am just getting back into woodworking and am lacking my ex-father-inlaws shop of plenty. This is exactly the brush up I was looking for. Subbed!

  42. Henry Cruz on November 21, 2022 at 4:20 am

    No, the MORE friction, the better

  43. crs1012 on November 21, 2022 at 4:20 am

    I’ve been working with 2x4s to make some dovetailed monitor stands. I resaw them and plane them down to about 1/2” thickness over the course of 3 days. After final thicknessing, they still move like crazy which is very annoying. Is this because the wood is still too wet? I got lucky and found some quarter sawn kiln dried 2x4s but they still move.

  44. Jonathan Katz-Moses on November 21, 2022 at 4:21 am

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  45. Dayton Stone on November 21, 2022 at 4:24 am

    I too have watched enough Paul Sellers and Matt Estlea that I now say "leee-ver" 😂

  46. minispud on November 21, 2022 at 4:24 am

    Lol if you are in that much of a rush couldn’t you just use the tape too?

  47. Josh Harroun on November 21, 2022 at 4:28 am

    Good info. Not sure I agree with a piece of cheap plywood being a better straight edge reference than a lie nielsen hand plane.

  48. AT on November 21, 2022 at 4:31 am

    Would silicone spray be good or bad?

  49. Gene Lomas on November 21, 2022 at 4:32 am

    "planes are ground straight and square, if you get a good one"..
    I hear ya brother..
    I have a #4 which, yesterday I discovered, was anything but..
    All 4 corners were high, like, when I put a straight edge (a brand new 12" steel ruler) I could get a piece of paper under it at the blade slot..!
    It also had a 4" long by 1.5" low spot just left of centre, behind the blade slot, extending most of the way to the tail end..
    Kind of explains why previously planed (jointed) boards never lined up exactly right..
    Anywho.. how to fix?
    So I clamped a 2-foot long slab of 1/2" steel plate to my bench, made sure it was flat, and broke out the wet and dry..
    Started at 240 grit, figuring "it’ll only take a minute to sort this, surely"..
    I quickly went down to 180.. then after an hour, down to 120.. an hour after that, now thoroughly aggravated, I gulped, and reached for the brutally efficient 80 grit..
    Another hour after that, and the low spot was gone, and I began to work my way back up the grits to 400, then a final clean and a coat of boiled linseed oil..
    This all took the better part of 5 and half hours.. something which the maker of this plane should have done in 3 minutes on a mill..
    But now I have a – flat – plane.

  50. essextwo on November 21, 2022 at 4:33 am

    I feel like I was robbed of a woodworking education by going to an arts highschool…