Are the Fore Plane & Jack Plane the Same Tool? | Hand Plane Foundations

Are the Fore Plane & Jack Plane the Same Tool? | Hand Plane Foundations

Welcome to my Hand Plane Foundations course. In this course I’m going to introduce the different types of bench planes and discuss their setup and use, focusing on the planes you’ll need most as a new hand tool woodworker. I’ll cover sharpening the iron, setting up the cap iron, and troubleshooting and tuning the tool up to perform at its best. I’ll finish up by building a modern two tone cutting board from some beautiful North American hardwoods, completely by hand. You can view the full course here:


  1. Franco Nardelli on July 25, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    This video does not help me justify buying more tools… There must be something wrong in it 😆

  2. A T H Mostafa on July 25, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing this , it add a lot of my understanding to woodworking .

  3. deezynar on July 25, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Good information, as usual.

  4. Offshoreorganbuilder on July 25, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for this.
    But … what do you call the plane which is one size up from the Jack Plane?

  5. Jamie on July 25, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    I also think to add to the confusion is YouTube.
    The majority of the woodworking channels are neither actually trained, qualified nor trade experienced woodworkers; yet portray themselves as some kind of woodworking guru, and the general viewers take them at their word and what they say as gospel.
    I did my time as a Cabinet Maker, the reality is far different to the fantasy that is portrayed on YouTube.
    In reality, a Cabinet Maker/ Furniture Maker does NOT have a massive tool wall with every size plane ever made lined up neatly in numerical order.
    They do NOT have 150 matched sets of different shaped moulding planes.
    They do NOT have every conceivable size of chisel with highly polished Rosewood handles.
    They do NOT have the finest Japanese Water Stones neatly set up at a dedicated sharpening station.
    They do NOT have a saw tote with 50 different types of Veritas or Cosman handsaws neatly lined up.
    They do NOT have an ornate Mahogany or Spalted Maple workbench with Walnut inlays fitted with the finest Benchcrafted hardware.
    And they certainly do NOT wear wooden Clogs, NOR do they have a “cold one” sitting on their workbench.

    The reality is far different to the fantasy of YouTube.
    A Cabinet/ Furniture Maker prides themselves on the quality of their workmanship NOT the quality of their workshop.
    Their workshop laid out for practicality, NOT interior designed to mimic the stage set of Roy Underhill’s Woodwright Shop TV Show.
    Their workbench is usually knocked around as is the patina of their tools.
    Most Cabinet/ Furniture Makers get bye with a minimalist tool set that fits in a tool chest.
    They would use at most a No.4 for Smoothing and No.5 for most other jobs, they might have a longer plane but rarely use it as the No.5 covers most tasks.
    They carry one set of chisels, often the same ones they did their apprenticeship with.
    Many still just use an oil stone.

    That is what sets this channel and Paul Sellers apart from most other woodworking channels.
    You both teach people the reality of Cabinet/ Furniture Making.
    Thank you Bob.

  6. ikust007 on July 25, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Cheers Bob!

  7. Renato Briones on July 25, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Amazing video. Thanks.

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