How to Use a Hand Plane | Rockler Skill Builders

How to Use a Hand Plane | Rockler Skill Builders

Learn how to adjust and use a hand plane. Hand planes have been used by woodworkers for hundreds of years, but it can be challenging to smooth wood using a bench plane if you don’t know how to adjust and properly work it across the wood surface. Master Woodworker Ian Kirby demonstrates the proper way to adjust a hand plane, how to stand when using a hand plane, and how to push a hand plane across a board to get great results. After watching Ian’s hand plane lesson, you’ll be able to easily plane boards perfectly smooth.


  1. J0K3 on May 7, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    "my mechanics
    " brought me here! Thanks, bud!!!

  2. Merrill McNicholas on May 7, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    that is a beautiful tool

  3. peter brown on May 7, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    A very helpful video, which I shall recommend to my daughter. But, ouch! I was always taught to put a plane down on its side, so as to avoid damaging the carefully honed blade!

  4. Christopher garza on May 7, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you.

  5. Jimmy James on May 7, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Great video. Straight to the point and well done. That is a very nice planer he is using. I use to have one like that. Now I just have the small Stanley from the 50s. I find a lot of guys would have been better off using a planer for some jobs. It is a very underestimated tool.