STL242: Is there one block plane to rule them all?

STL242: Is there one block plane to rule them all?

Chris Gochnour answers listener questions about back bevels on handplanes, various types of block planes, and getting rid of chatter when using a spokeshave.

This episode is sponsored by Maverick Abrasives and Pony/Jorgensen

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0:00 – Intro
10:44 – Problems with a large spokeshave
24:00 – Storing a card scraper
32:12 – Rabbet block plane vs. skew rabbet vs. block plane
52:25 – Putting a back bevel on a bevel down plane (and bevel up)

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  1. Alpha Omega on September 27, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Why not use the Charlsworth ruler trick with a thicker (3 – 6 mm) ruler? Works for me just fine.

  2. Darin on September 27, 2022 at 2:24 am


  3. tommy roberts on September 27, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Now I want to be best friends with Chria ans take all his classes 😭

  4. Guy Boucher on September 27, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Very, very good session! Chris is a very smart man! …and super interesting!

  5. James Fergusson on September 27, 2022 at 3:07 am

    If you only need a 5 degree relief angle on a blade, why don’t we sharpen a hand plane blade with a 45 degree frog to 40 degrees? Would that not yield a stronger edge?

  6. Yang Ji on September 27, 2022 at 3:09 am

    I may sound crazy what I’m about to tell you. I was planning a cutting board and it was glued with African mahogany, cherry, yellow heart, Purple Heart and wenge. Every a few strips, I was planning against grain and got a lot of tear out. I didn’t have a high angle blade on my low angle jack, no scraper and I didn’t want to grind my blade with a back bevel. So I flipped the blade on my 4-1/2 using it bevel up. I do sharpen with micro bevel, so I put 30 degree micro bevel up on a 45 degree frog. It produced very smooth surface against grain but it was so hard to push.

  7. James Fergusson on September 27, 2022 at 3:12 am

    What do you feel about filing a small flat in front of the mouth of a round spokeshave? ( Paul Sellers suggestion. )

  8. Gary Popa on September 27, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Great episode and Chris is fantastic!

  9. Tom Sears on September 27, 2022 at 3:17 am

    Chris is a fantastic instructor. I took his class on the tool cabinet many years ago. Additionally, My son and I took his long board class well and my son still uses the long board to this day as he is about to graduate from college.