Learn to use your hand plane!

Learn to use your hand plane!

Watch me a teach a brand-new woodworker to set up and use a plane.
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  1. Theran Goodale on September 17, 2022 at 12:21 am

    This channel along with makeabowl are fricken awesome.

  2. El Capitan on September 17, 2022 at 12:21 am

    You touched the plane. You promised not to touch it

  3. John Vala on September 17, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Wait, you can adjust the knob while the blade has tension and locked in? 3:38

  4. Donald McDaniel on September 17, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Yea, Nate!!!!

  5. Opinion on September 17, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Hello everybody. and excuse my google-english.
    A question for those who know more than me.
    I bought my Stanley n4 handplane three months ago and after a first time of complete frustration, and after watching a lot of videos, now it works.
    I have better results moving the frog and leaving a more pronounced gap in the mouth and a distance of 2 mm between the blade and the chip-braker. Of course my wood-chip is not the thinnest, but decent.
    Watching these videos I learn that it shouldn’t be like that. But if I leave a smaller mouth and a smaller space between the Blade and the Chip-braker, it just doesn’t work.
    What can be the reason? The sharpening ?, my skills?, the handplane? or all these things together
    Thank you… very much

  6. germcrazy Shokoff on September 17, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Why do I feel like a kindergartener every time I finish watching one of Rex’s videos?

  7. SilentDiablo on September 17, 2022 at 12:29 am

    This video is wow. Thanks Rex. I never learned any of this in shop class. Now videos like this would be awesome.

  8. Linda Demissy on September 17, 2022 at 12:29 am

    This is possibly the most useful video you have made, thank you!
    I’m at the point of making a bench hook, after borrowing dad’s speed square because none of my gear is actually square. Thanks a bunch!

    This will follow up on my last masterpiece, the "Chisel in a Stick" poor man’s router I bragged about to all my friends. Which required planing a stick. And thus sharpening a plane. And thus a holder for my sharpening plates. Which is what I needed the router for in the first place… 😛

  9. Rob G on September 17, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Having a newbie do this on your instruction was a stroke of genius. Thank you!

  10. SirKks1 on September 17, 2022 at 12:31 am

    there are only so many parts and it seems that I got one or two of them … backwards….skewed…upside down…??? My iron does NOT stick out even at the most extreme wheel position. What do you think?

  11. dappawap on September 17, 2022 at 12:31 am

    After watching this have hope of improvement . I have a nice old Stanley plane but now have a better idea of how to use it

  12. John Bart on September 17, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I’ve been wondering about planes for years. I am completely stunned at the quality of this video. Thank you so much!

  13. MixingGBP on September 17, 2022 at 12:36 am

    3:09 Yikes! That isn’t the correct direction for checking if the plane iron is sticking out. The novice will eventually learn that lesson, it’ll only take one time in slicing your thumb to remember which direction is correct, lol.

  14. Jon Scally on September 17, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Rex – For metal planes do you ever need to condition the bottom of the shoe? I have bought a new extremely inexpensive plane where the bottom was less than smooth and needed some polishing. When I started the polishing process I found that the bottom looked to have some obvious unevenness, i.e: several "peaks" spread across the bottom with the largest in the center behind the mouth for the iron. It took quite a bit of work to get those peaks out and I’m wondering if I wasted time doing so if it would not affect the planes performance.

  15. Rodrigo Galliano on September 17, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Great video. Thank you very much.

  16. Joe Yacketori on September 17, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Teaching comes so naturally for you. Did you have a career as a teacher before Youtube? Great video.
    Edit: Just watched another one of your videos, and you mentioned you had been an English teacher in the past! I knew it!

  17. Cristian Moya Romero on September 17, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Rex, I’m gonna be honest with you, at first when I discovered your channel, I found your methods a bit unorthodoxal, but with this video you nailed it. YOU NAILED IT! Not a word that I used very often: Genius!

  18. Tony Bullard on September 17, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Just inherited a couple planes knowing I could learn how to use them with help from Rex. Thanks for your hard work!

  19. Squirrel_Is_Not Amused on September 17, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Fantastic video! Teaching this way was incredibly helpful. Kudos to you both.

  20. Douglas Pollock on September 17, 2022 at 12:43 am

    I learned more about planing with this segment than I did while watching about an hour of other plane videos. Thank you.

  21. Aaron Gladman on September 17, 2022 at 12:43 am

    This is a great channel. Learning so much

  22. William Ensign on September 17, 2022 at 12:47 am


  23. Joe Farrelly on September 17, 2022 at 12:49 am

    brilliant tutorial Rex thanks so much

  24. Andrew Taylor on September 17, 2022 at 12:52 am

    What oil did you use to lubricate the bottom of the plane? That rag + oil tool seemed like a good idea!

  25. ilive4livemusic on September 17, 2022 at 12:53 am

    This removed a huge intimidation/ignorance factor for me. Clever way to present your content.

  26. Graham R on September 17, 2022 at 12:54 am

    @8:13 "this is a can with some oil in it"…. what sort of oil??

  27. Bernhard Wittner on September 17, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Carpentry is not hard to understand. Its just hard to find someone as nice as Rex to explain the craft properly

  28. Robert Newell on September 17, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Stunning! You have precisely the correct teaching format, because it involve TEACHING, not demonstrating. Thank you

  29. Rick Henderson on September 17, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Ok. So. You mention briefly that a smoothing plane needs a camber. Got it. You explained that well in the first 11 minutes. Do you have a video on what planes are used for what? Can I use my Mastercraft blockplane for joining and planing?

  30. Sowlio on September 17, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I have spent the better part of 2 weeks trying to figure out why my plane wasn’t giving me nice shavings. 2-3 minutes into this and my main problem was solved. Praise be!

    Though i was going insane trying to get this sorted

  31. Stop The Rust on September 17, 2022 at 1:02 am

    From the humans,,,, Thank you.

  32. Joe Farrelly on September 17, 2022 at 1:04 am

    you now have a new subscriber from Ireland hello guys

  33. Paul Robbins on September 17, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Well whether it was Nate’s dress sense or your easy to follow instructions, but I have just flattened peice of twisted sapele that was either going to be fed to the jointer and thicknesser or the fire. Not fully got to grips with how to tell where to take material from to remove a twist, but with trial and error and using a piece of 3/4 ply for referance surface I have manageged to make a useable piece of timber. Used a 2nd hand Stanley No4 – blade appears to be flat rather than have a camber as yours did but was able to adapt the principles of blade setting and working across the board then focusing on specific areas. You might gather am a bit chuffed. Never used a plane before other than to chamfer a edge corner.. Will be looking out other videos in this series. Many Thanks.

  34. Anthony Ray on September 17, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Left side, right side, right side, left side, same side! 🤣😂🤗

  35. William Mueller on September 17, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Probably one of the best instructive videos on how to use a handplane

  36. Josh .Adcock on September 17, 2022 at 1:09 am

    I have been trying my Makita power planner and not getting the results I see you getting. Clearly two very different methods to do the same thing. Will you do a hand power planner video?

  37. Tracy Moon on September 17, 2022 at 1:09 am

    This is sooooooo good. Thank you.

  38. coolidgp on September 17, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Oh thank heavens, I thought Rex got a toupee

  39. Dametrian on September 17, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Followed the advice and got the best shavings I’ve been able to achieve. So I came back to this video just to say thanks.

  40. Shodan Lieu on September 17, 2022 at 1:10 am

    This is just what I needed. I got a plane for Christmas and this was really helpful. My plane has two screws (one on each side of the iron) so I will have to play around a little to figure out how to it properly but this is a great starting place. Thank you.

  41. Texas Vaquero Bueno on September 17, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Thank you for this educational video to a noobie . This helped to understand hand planing so much more

  42. Larry Postma on September 17, 2022 at 1:11 am

    13:19 Rex touches the plane anyhow. Lies all lies!!

  43. DCM SR on September 17, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed this

  44. cujero on September 17, 2022 at 1:12 am

    I love this. This is the absolute best way to learn online. Thank you

  45. John Nichols on September 17, 2022 at 1:12 am

    I have no experience with planes…what does doing this do, that you couldn’t achieve by just sticking this board thru a table saw with a finishing blade? Go easy, I’m a newbie.

  46. Jody Ho on September 17, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Great idea, Rex!! Well thought out, but i wonder if it would have been better if Nate had worn a flesh colored swimming cap…?? Seriously though, I greatly appreciated your approach to teaching how to use a plane without the bias of someone who has done it forever already! Kudos to Nate, but at one point it looked like he was flashing gang signs in the background….

  47. Clem McGuinness on September 17, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Thanks a million Rex and Nate. Hugely helpful video

  48. NinjaCuber DK on September 17, 2022 at 1:15 am

    What is the oil used on the plane?

  49. cristobal bastias on September 17, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Really good idea! the only thing that i missed from the video was the body movement technique along with the plane.

  50. Andrew Carter on September 17, 2022 at 1:19 am

    step one buy a blue shirt and khaki’s then learn to use a hand plane.