Hand Plane Basics | DIY High Angle Blade

Hand Plane Basics | DIY High Angle Blade

Hand Plane Basics – DIY High Angle Blade. In this video Rob Cosman shows you how to make your own high angle plane blade to deal with those difficult figured wood situations
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48 Comments

  1. JH Campbell on September 26, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for a very helpful video.

    Would you consider doing a video where you joint boards for a panel glue-up? I don’t own a power jointer, but I needed to do this a few weeks ago. It went…poorly.

    If you have already made that video, my apologies.



  2. sadhguruXX on September 26, 2022 at 12:42 am


  3. Steve Bettany on September 26, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Thank you for this I can’t believe the success I’ve had using a blade that was about to go in the bin now it’s been altered to your specifications.



  4. Don Esry on September 26, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for this video. BTW – your website says that you are sold out of these blade sets. Question: what about putting the chip breaker on cutting an edge on the blade so that it matches the chip breaker? this seems like extra work up front but could be better going forward as the edges of the blade and chip breaker would be one fat edge and in theory the chip breaker would never need to be polished again.



  5. Borescoped on September 26, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I recently thought I would need a HA blade for some Zebrawood and Purpleheart, but I managed to get both types of wood to a reflective surface with just a really good sharpening and really tightening down the throat on my WR 5-1/2. Still would like to try out one of those pre-ground HA’s your crew sells, just to see what it would be like.

    Good video Rob and crew!



  6. FraserJohn118 on September 26, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Hi Rob, can I just ask why you are not using the Trend 1000 diamond stone anymore???



  7. Danny on September 26, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Great video. I tried this after watching an earlier video of yours. I now have 2 blades for each of my go-to planes (a 6 and a block plane).



  8. Cliomania! on September 26, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Микрохирургия для лезвия =)



  9. Cris Wilson on September 26, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Looks like I’ll be buying a plane iron to modify and try this technique. Thanks for that diagram showing the angles.



  10. 1320crusier on September 26, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Would a scraper iron also be useful for this and even a bit easier to push through or would that only add its own list of complications?



  11. Dan The Chippie on September 26, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Hi Rob, I initially thought you ment to change the original primary bevel to a higher angle but now I see that you are putting a new angle on the BACK of the blade. So does that mean you can’t use the ruler trick?



  12. Don on September 26, 2022 at 12:52 am

    complete shock Rob owns a sharpening jig !!!



  13. Aaron Fenn on September 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    i wish i had seen a vid like this or specificaly your diagram about a year ago. i eventually figured it out myself but that picture would have made all of the difference in my methodology. thanks again for all you and the team do. so glad to see PHP able to have classes again and i loved the live stream with the vets



  14. Tet-andr-teT on September 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for the great idea.



  15. Reussirful on September 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Can the 20deg back bevel be done entirely w/ the honing guide on the 300grit diamond stone? I don’t have access to a grinder, but am about to flatten my bench and saw you used a high-angle for that project. Thanks Rob!



  16. Bob Smith on September 26, 2022 at 12:56 am

    From pretty much I the beginning of my woodworking journey you’ve always been the best resource for doing things the very best way. A long time ago I did you online workshop building a bench. Unfortunately I never got to finish it. But I use what I was able to build. I’ll admit though I’m always jealous of that vice! Thanks for your wisdom, Rob!



  17. Dominic Pascasio on September 26, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I’m curious if the back bevel can replace the purpose of the chip breaker. I watched a Japanese experiment with the chip breaker, if I remeber it correctly, the chip bcreaker’s setup is 60° and 80°, and that’s on top of the 45° blade! It was amazing to see chip breaker in action with that zoomed in video.



  18. Brian Le on September 26, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Never thought I’d live to see the day where Rob uses a sharpening jig 😜. Love your content man!



  19. Brian Le on September 26, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Rob for your next video can you do some reviews including tips and tricks for sharpening and or creating a burr for your scraper planes including the lie Nielsen 112 and the cabinet scraping plane? I know they prob don’t get as much use vs your 5 1/2 but would be cool to see your thoughts on it! Cheers!



  20. Robert Bamford on September 26, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Interesting technique to set the blade protrusion in the jig. Thanks for the video.



  21. Steve Bosun on September 26, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Hi Rob, I know you’re not a lover of the "low angle" Jack Plane, but wouldn’t that be an easier way to achieve the higher angle? Just grind the blade to your required angle minus 20 degrees.



  22. David Thompson on September 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Thank you.



  23. David Campbell on September 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Thanks, excellent instruction! Gonna make me one of these!



  24. Zamroni Pabean on September 26, 2022 at 1:16 am

    👍👍👍😍😍😍🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨



  25. Steven Corridori on September 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Great taking to you today, thanks for the call, it made my day.



  26. Ammed Ismail on September 26, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Great video Rob. That piece of Figured Bastogne Walnut looks really familiar!!!😉



  27. Sergey Ermakov on September 26, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Hello Rob, thank you for a nice video, as always. In one of your future videos could you please talk about when and how to use scraping planes. I just got Veritas scraping plane (item 05P2901) from Lee Valley Tools as a present, not sure how to tune it and what is the best application for such a plane. Thank you in advance.



  28. Daniel Braca on September 26, 2022 at 1:20 am

    I suppose this comes down to where you want to spend your time and money. You’re either going to buy a quality grinder that will provide you consistent results along with additional plane blades, or you’re going to buy a completely separate dedicated plane with a high angle frog, or a high angle frog to swap out in your planes. I don’t have a grinder, so I purchased a high angle frog with one of the planes I purchased from Lie Nielsen and have it in my 5-1/2 but can swap it out as necessary. Great video, though, and I’ll remember this if I do eventually purchase a grinder and have additional blades to grind per your recommendations.



  29. Felipe Huibonhoa on September 26, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Thank you. I have always wondered about how to sharpen it again and what to do with the back bevel.



  30. No Comment on September 26, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I literally thought you should do this video



  31. Bill K. on September 26, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Great demonstration Rob, thanks.



  32. Generations Woodcraft on September 26, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I wonder for the actual planning itself would it be more beneficial to use a 4 or 3 with the smaller base?



  33. Eduardo Albergaria on September 26, 2022 at 1:25 am

    I love the video, but i beleave the title and thumbnail are not helping to understanding what the video is about. Mabe something like "how to transform your plane in to a high angle plane". Congrats for your work. And thank you.



  34. Derek Cohen on September 26, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Rob, that is a very wide back bevel. Surely it only needs to be a micro in size – enough to raise a wire on the bevel face? After all, that is how you tell when the face bevel is properly honed. All I have done in the past is use a guide to raise a wire, polish it, and done. No grinding necessary. Regards from Perth, Derek



  35. Александр Чумак on September 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    👍👍👍



  36. Jeff W on September 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Great Video Rob. I’ve been doing this for years with one of my standard Stanley planes dedicated as a high angle plane. about a year ago I got a "low angle" jack plane that I love because I can have a dedicated blade for it that is set up with a high angle without having to put a second bevel on the opposite side of the plane.



  37. Ysfrog ***** on September 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Hi Rob. Why do you in America put the planes on the workbench with the chisel on the workbench. Isn’t it much better to put the planer on its side? so it stays sharp longer. Greetings Harm from Holland. I was taught this before. 😀👍🏼



  38. Thomas Walter on September 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Why not just turn a regular blade upside down. They are usually ground at 25 degrees, but easily ground, honed and stropped at 20 degrees.



  39. deezynar on September 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Great advice.



  40. Patrick on September 26, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Just use Lie-Nielsen planes and buy their extra 50 or 55 degree frogs. No need for extra blades and chip breakers. Keep sharpening your blades the same as ever and avoid all that mucking around.



  41. RobCosman.com on September 26, 2022 at 1:31 am

    If you liked this check out our related video "How to Prevent Tear-Out: https://youtu.be/dWObHqHRMas



  42. Dan The Chippie on September 26, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Nice video Rob. If you paint the edge with a sharpy marker you can easily see where you are touching the stone and where you are not



  43. Zidny Knight on September 26, 2022 at 1:33 am

    thank you



  44. greg s on September 26, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Why no more Trend Diamond stone?



  45. John Spicer on September 26, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Hi Rob
    I bought one of these blades from you and it definitely gets a finish on figured wood I would not have gotten otherwise. I would not want to use it a lot because of the effort required but I consider it a must have tool.



  46. Brian Miller on September 26, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Love the chart. The more visual aids the better for me. Good one.



  47. Rico S on September 26, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I don’t own a grinder, but I’m guessing that this could be done reasonably quickly with a file and a jig to get the rough angle? I mean adding another 20 minutes or so to the process. Or would the edge be too delicate to be filing?



  48. JW on September 26, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Will it be easier to push if you reduce the angle of the primary bevel on the underside? With 25 to 30 degree on the underside and extra 20 degree on the back, it’s a 45 to 50 degree blade and that’s almost dull.