Planes I True My Wood With | Paul Sellers

Planes I True My Wood With | Paul Sellers

There is no doubt that truing up wood using hand planing methods can be a daunting thought. So we hope that this video of Paul’s strategy will make planing wood much easier for you.

Using a combination of planes and techniques makes the highs low and brings the lows high. This system works like no other so enjoy a strategy that Paul has used for decades in straightening and squaring his wood ready for joinery.
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50 Comments

  1. Nick Google on January 12, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Mmh, so one _only_ needs a number 4 plane. And then another number 4, and a 5 1/2 and a 4 1/2 and a rabbet plane… 😉 That’s a count of 5 in my book :-D.
    But I understand. So my thinking was that after having a number 4 I will convert an old wooden plane I have (also sized about a no. 4 plane) to a scrub plane and lastly add a 5 1/2.

  2. 3henry21 on January 12, 2023 at 2:20 am

    That there is the stamina developed from doing it for decades… I bet Paul has one heck of handshake. impressive from someone in their 70’s, when at a younger age, I can’t even do that for even 1/4 of the time that he’s doing it in the video, without starting to get winded.

  3. Matt Evans-Koch on January 12, 2023 at 2:21 am

    Every day is better when it starts with a Paul Sellers wood working video. Thank you Paul for all of your sharing and teaching. Have a great weekend.

  4. David Thompson on January 12, 2023 at 2:24 am

    Thank you

  5. Donato Stolfi on January 12, 2023 at 2:24 am

    Ciao , SEI UN GRANDE MAESTRO COME POSSO FARE PER SEGUIRTI IN ITALIANO …

  6. Ibrhem Ahmed on January 12, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Thank you so much

  7. Nik White on January 12, 2023 at 2:27 am

    The idea of using the No.78 with a cambered iron is brilliant. Even though I have a LN scrub, which is very aggressively cambered, now I’m in the market for a No.78 or maybe a No.10-1/4 since I’d also like a larger rabbet plane.

  8. Bob Babcock on January 12, 2023 at 2:29 am

    very helpful

  9. jonescrusher1 on January 12, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Been enjoying this on 2x playback speed

  10. Michel Jauvin on January 12, 2023 at 2:30 am

    why going back to a 4 1/2 after the #5 plane

  11. Russ Ives on January 12, 2023 at 2:31 am

    Wonderful and informative as usual. But my first follow up question is how do you plane the other side of the board to be perfectly parallel to the first planed side, and then the second is making the second side to a specific dimension width. I’ve been practicing with a piece of 2×4 and can barely get that flat. Oh well. Thanks for all your absolutely great videos!

  12. Doug Commons on January 12, 2023 at 2:32 am

    Thank you for sharing your techniques with us Paul. I appreciate how you make woodworking so accesible for the common man.

  13. Josh Jenkinson on January 12, 2023 at 2:35 am

    I always wonder how flat Paul gets a board like this before calling it flat. To get it flat to within a few thousandths along the length and width seems a lot of work for me. The thought of planing a load of rough sawn hardwood into the components for say a bookshelf seems like a mammoth task. I reckon it’d be at least a few days of hard work. Even slight bluntness in the plane iron can force you to push / press harder to get the job done which inevitably leads to a not so flat board.

  14. SenorHeisaCoolguy on January 12, 2023 at 2:35 am

    Paul, what do I do if I only have a jack plane and a smoother…? And lack 50 years of experience?

  15. paul P on January 12, 2023 at 2:38 am

    One thing I am not clear about. Whats the advantage of starting with the 78? Couldn’t you just reach for your 4 scrub initially?

  16. michaeldwilson on January 12, 2023 at 2:40 am

    If you run a pencil back and forth on a flat surface, then rub your twisted board across that surface, you can identify exactly where there’s a high spot.

  17. hypnoray thompson on January 12, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Not only flattens your boards, but an excellent workout too.

  18. Paul Charleton on January 12, 2023 at 2:44 am

    Paul – Just a thankyou for showing me that manual wordworking is possible for a novice. My father was a joiner – he did apprenticeship from 1946 and became a civil engineer after the army building the big power stations. I was brought up on Deephams water treatment works in North London watching him work with wood in the service sheds on site. I would have been about 2-3 in the late 50’s very early 60’s. I have all his tools as he is no longer with us. They were always a mystery to me as to my shame I never took an interest when I could. Your videos have shown me how to restore his planes and do things myself and become closer to him. You are a true craftsman and communicator. Many thanks. Paul

  19. The Trevor on January 12, 2023 at 2:44 am

    Fascinating. Such expertise and technique, thank you. Except. What IS a scrub plane ? What IS a No. 4 plane ? What IS a No.5 plane ?

  20. Vormulac1 on January 12, 2023 at 2:46 am

    I never thought of using a #78 like that. Genius.

  21. Lance Roark on January 12, 2023 at 2:46 am

    Mr Sellers, what would you say to the challenge of making a loom?

  22. Les Drinkwater on January 12, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Great if you have a wide choice of planes to use. I don’t.

  23. Juan Cordon on January 12, 2023 at 2:50 am

    Great video! I’ve learnt so much from your videos and have improved so quickly it’s amazing! Thank you Paul

  24. Niall McCurdy on January 12, 2023 at 2:52 am

    I must be missing something when I watch videos on truing up timber. I have been trying for months for to get a flat face side when working with a hand plane but I always seem to end up with a concave in the middle of the timber even when planing something 50mm wide

  25. Working Views on January 12, 2023 at 2:53 am

    my scrub plane has saved me days of labor.

  26. Michael Lieblang on January 12, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Hi Paul. Deep admiration from Germany! The 2 Videos just watched opened my world. Highly recommend the others without having watched them already 😉

  27. Cyrille Velez on January 12, 2023 at 2:56 am

    why don’t you check for twist?

  28. Howie G’s Play on January 12, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Hi Paul. A newbie here and would like to ask what would be the best plane for a beginner like me?

  29. Christopher Castor on January 12, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Thank you as always
    -CY Castor

  30. Imager on January 12, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Excellent.

  31. Derf on January 12, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Thats the 78 irons going up In Cost…….

  32. Patrick Lee on January 12, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for the videos, my love of planes I owe to great people like yourself. I have my grandfathers STANLEY plane and I was wondering were I can get the plane dated. Any help?

  33. pathdoc60 on January 12, 2023 at 3:02 am

    Thank you Paul. Amazing that you do all that while narrating it and are never short of breath. Wow!
    “Wood Prep Planing Gym” , what a workout, no treadmill needed.
    Cheers.
    Michael
    Alabama, USA

  34. 1mwebster on January 12, 2023 at 3:02 am

    Bugger me pal you make it look soooo easy, thanks for sharing for us mere mortals 😉👍

  35. Don Dicey on January 12, 2023 at 3:03 am

    AH, the workout at the "plane" gym/fitness center. I am amazed at how often I find myself huffing and puffing when I am truing up a nice piece of hardwood. You are the perfect fitness instructor! Thanks for all your tips as always.

  36. donepearce on January 12, 2023 at 3:07 am

    There is most definitely a right time to use a power planer.

  37. VVood_loft on January 12, 2023 at 3:08 am

    good working👍

  38. pathdoc60 on January 12, 2023 at 3:09 am

    Amazing workout that you can do all that while narrating it and never seem short of breath. “Planing Gym”.
    Cheers and thank you.

  39. Jacek Konior on January 12, 2023 at 3:10 am

    Best regards from Poland

  40. LNM1969 on January 12, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Not to mention keeping you fit !!

  41. Ivan Malic on January 12, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Thanx Paul! We needed that.

  42. sac m.d.l on January 12, 2023 at 3:12 am

    What a brute you still are Paul! The long winter obviously hasn’t made your arms weary.

  43. Tomasz Kałędkiewicz on January 12, 2023 at 3:13 am

    There is so much to learn from you Paul. Thank you!

  44. Mr. Shellcracker on January 12, 2023 at 3:13 am

    Paul, I have a no 6. Would this substitute for the 5 1/2?

  45. Andrew Pianta on January 12, 2023 at 3:13 am

    It’s easy to throw it in a thicknesser and say done but it’s an art to do by hand

  46. en510 on January 12, 2023 at 3:14 am

    One thing I really want to see a video on is how to go about dimensioning a highly figured board, it seems like a lot of the time when I use a scrub on them i end up ripping big chunks out and end up chasing problems

  47. jerrytrueblue on January 12, 2023 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for the refresher Paul…. especially these days of info overload. Reminding me to keep it simple. Stay well! Jerry

  48. Anselm Moro on January 12, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Thank you so much. Your videos helped. I appreciate your work.

  49. Andy Overall on January 12, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Using a plane is harder than it looks especially if you have to contend with knots and cross grain. You make it look easy on that cherry, I can see that I need more practice.

  50. Juan Moreno on January 12, 2023 at 3:17 am

    I found your video on planes you use to true a piece of wood. I have some planes I have three planes, Stanley #6, Stanley #4 and a Stanley #3. Which other planes do you I suggest I add to my collection?

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