The 3 Hand Planes Power Tool Woodworkers Should Own (How to buy handplanes)

The 3 Hand Planes Power Tool Woodworkers Should Own (How to buy handplanes)



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  1. terpazoid on January 21, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Man I really enjoy your videos, they’re great

  2. mikeb on January 21, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    No offense, but "Stumpy Nubs" sounds like a name for someone who didn’t follow safety procedures when using a table saw.

  3. BigBoss 429 on January 21, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Stumpy Nubs, Do you have a video tour of your shop? What’s the difference between the jack plane and the really long ones that are available?

  4. mark broad on January 21, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Scrub plane? I made a jack plane into a comb plane. Cut notches into the iron.

  5. Jeremy on January 21, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    hey man. whatever you say, amazon situation is a little strange.

  6. Thomas Costello on January 21, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    great video — always wondered about hand planes

  7. Norman Avery on January 21, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I also shake like that Stumpy, Always have. It makes me squeeze my tools extra hard and causes pain in my joints. Do you have this same problem? If so do you have any tips that might help me?

  8. bryan greifinger on January 21, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    James is it ok to use a blade from one manufacturer in another manufacturers plane? I see that Lee Valley has PM – V11 irons but i’m liking the Lie Nielsen plane. is it ok to mix and match? Thanks in advance.

  9. Rone Marshall on January 21, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Dang this got me pumped. I just bought my first two planes, a woodriver 5 1/2 and a low angle block plane. I need to figure out which plates(stone or diamond) to sharpen them but thats next. Great vid.

  10. Matthew Drake on January 21, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Great vid 👍🏻

  11. Bill K. on January 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Good information, thanks for sharing it…

  12. mystang 89 on January 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    "who needs them when you got power?" For a person working on a farm, when you are on the furthest acre, and you don’t own a generator these hands tools are really great especially when building lean to’s and fence posts

  13. Nick Google on January 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    The tips I have been looking for! 🙂 Thanks for the explanation.

  14. Chris Dugas on January 21, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Am I the only one annoyed every time I see the intro animation breaking geometry?

  15. Carl Roberts on January 21, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Is there certain manufacturers that you prefer? Are there manufactures to avoid.

  16. Jeffrey O'Neill on January 21, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I used to get a very long email every few months or so from a man in New England. He searched for old woodworking tools and resold them for quite good prices, and, he really knew his stuff. He would often feature his son at the beginning of the list displaying a particularly special find. I have lost all contact and can’t remember his name. Can anyone out there help? Thank you. Called his son “the tool boy”, I think.

  17. scott szoke on January 21, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Hello, a few weeks ago we, you and I, had an email dialog regarding hand plane recommendations. Well…I took your recommendation of the Wood River 5 1/2. At first I was informed they are on back order until August, 2021, which is not a long wait.
    BUT…just this week I received a notice that they are now back ordered until…can you believe…April… 2024, yes I called and they confirmed that the date is not a misprint!
    I cancelled that order and decided upon the Wood River 4, which is currently back ordered a few weeks.
    I also purchased a Grizzly 14” jack plane for $38.
    Ironically I broke my upper left arm on vacation last week, soooooo…I will not be honing my hand woodworking skills for a while. Thanks again for your information. I enjoy the education I receive from your videos.

  18. Lilo Ukulele on January 21, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks so much…for NOT making the topic overwhelming. After the learning the basics of how to sharpen a plane iron…(what good is the world’s greatest plane if you don’t know how to sharpen it)…I am looking for plane number 2

  19. Billy Severt on January 21, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    learn how to use, sharpen, and maintain a smoothing plane and you’ll get a smoother finish than you can get with any electric tool

  20. Matt Bram on January 21, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I have an antique no 3 plane. Any idea where to get new irons?

  21. James Bond on January 21, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Comprehensive Thank You Sir!

  22. David Bell on January 21, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Clear and precise, many thanks.

  23. Kaleo Ariola on January 21, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    I finally used my Stanley block plane I bought at Ace a couple of days ago today! Not sure if I set it up right or if I was doing it correctly but I got it to start shaving wood down on my joints and it was quite enjoyable. Now im going to watch a video on how to properly set it up and use. Mahalo for sharing your woodworking knowledge.

  24. JHZR2 on January 21, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    What’s the best plane to smooth minor height imperfections in a laminated 2×4 worktop? Seems that sanding is silly in light of this video.

  25. Shane Ephlin on January 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Recently bought a 60 1/2 Low Angle Block Plane and the blade will barely extend far enough to get a shaving. When it does, the mouth has to be wide open. There really is no way to adjust the angle of the blade. Is there any fix for this? Thanks.

  26. mothman1967 on January 21, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    I love power tools. I ma amazed at the number of people who have this plane fetish thingy going on. BUT…There are times when a plane in invaluable. This is especially true in general carpentry, rather than cabinetry work. Unless the framing lumber is truly straight, a plane helps door installation and so on. Straight framing lumber? LOL! I can’t believe I even said that – I just can’t stop cracking jokes.

  27. Michael Curran on January 21, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    the prices talked about on the net have raised to astronomical prices here in the NW WA. I have been able to fine a number of planes in some obscure sites in the back country of WA. If you show any interest the price goes up especially if there is a collector nearby. Don’t give up they are out there but be patient. Jim your tube info merical are a true help to us newby’s.

  28. Bill Bender on January 21, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    It would be great to have your input on what Brand hand planes are good enough. Rockler has Bench Dog on sale, but I can’t find any reviews. My other choice would be WoodCraft’s Woodriver. Thanks as always for your advice!

  29. MixingGBP on January 21, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    So I have a no 62 plane and a no. 60.5 block plane. It looks like I should add a no. 4 or no. 4.5. I would also like to add a no. 7 to joint the long lumber I have, since I do not have a powered jointer.

  30. Robert Beckman on January 21, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    I just picked up two planes: an old 1960’s No. 5 in good condition, and a sweet No. 4 1/2 WWII Era (no brass anywhere on it). I finally get how well of a tool these can be when they are flat and sharp. I got sick of the Japanese wood block planes because that’s all I’ve been using until now.

  31. Michael Kerwin on January 21, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you for the great information. I recently added a 60-1/2 block plane and was wondering what was next

  32. NAVRET on January 21, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    James, I recently bought a Stanley 220 at a tag sale for $1.00. It is missing parts. Where can I get parts for it? Thanks.

  33. Kerry Foster on January 21, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    My Stanley jack is my favourite tool. Over 40 yrs old now I sometimes get weathered wood just for the pleasure of planing it shiny smooth . Very satisfying!

  34. Matthew Stafford on January 21, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Straight to the point, no gimmicks, useful information… liked, subscribed, and finally found a reason to search for that little bell everyone else on this website is always talking about!

  35. Duane Shelato on January 21, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I’m looking at an old Stanley #5 plane. Can I still buy a (Good) blade for it?

  36. William Winn on January 21, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Just picked up a stanley sw low angle block plane love it

  37. Paul Boegel on January 21, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Sooner or later a woodworker will come to realize that hand tools will be required as power tools will only go so far. Lately I am finding that older Stanley or Bailey planes are selling for as much as the Veritas planes which are far superior to the old tech. Maleable iron and much more precise fit. However I did manage to pick up an older Bailey 5-1/2C for under a hun. I have had many Stanley and Record planes over the years but far prefer the Veritas if I can afford it. Their blades are much better steel than Stanley or Bailey ever used or offered. An old Bailey with a Veritas tool steel blade is a delight.

  38. Luis Sandoval on January 21, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I’m completely new to woodworking and have done about four projects so far. I’m expanding my tools and learning so much online and experimenting with what I learn. It’s been really enjoyable and I’m finding the use of block planes to be very interesting. I just wanted to say thank for continuing to make videos. I’m pouring through your library as we speak.

  39. gnunixguru on January 21, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    My 150 year old plane has visited an electric grinder wheel sometime in the last 70 years (blame the baby boomer?) The cutting iron is slightly hilled or bumped and out of flat, causing clogging of wood between the back iron and the cutting iron. Best way to flatten an iron? Its a number 4 Bailey Pattern. Thanks, and I love your channels! God Bless you and your family.

  40. Mark Macauley on January 21, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for the great video James. 👍

  41. Mitchell Kasdin on January 21, 2022 at 10:25 pm


  42. William Arrington on January 21, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Love your videos but I cant help but laugh as you say which hand planes to buy and you have every hand plane ever made behind you… the answer is all of them I guess.

  43. Bryant Murphy on January 21, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    great video, been gathering planes at yard sales from 1-$5. now I own 2 block planes, #3,4,5¼ and a #6

  44. Mike Painter on January 21, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    What’s the problem with Buck Planes.? Are they not good planes

  45. Beto Carranza on January 21, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    When I need a fine finish cut with a table saw a hand plane covers my sins. And makes my work have an extra pop.

  46. joe LeGrand on January 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    I have a wooden block 15" long X 2 1/2" wide X 1 1/2 high with a metal frame(saddle) with a large standard front ball handle & a full grip back handle. the blade is a 45 degrees & a brass horizontal adjustment. Also has a a side to side adjustment at the top, that moves left to right.
    Question is what kind of plane is it & will it clean up a table top made of constriction grade lumber? I am making an farmhouse table this summer for use in a wedding, my first table & they want a rustic look.

  47. Ben McCartney on January 21, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome video! Can you give me a candid opinion of Bench Dog hand planes? I’m asking you because I know you are sponsored by Rockler, and Bench Dog happens to be the brand they carry. Oddly enough, I couldn’t find a single video reviewing them! Cheers

  48. Mark S. on January 21, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I recently picked up a vintage English No. 3 and I must agree that it is much more fun (and precise!) to use a plane instead of a power sander. It really gets you "in touch" with the wood and I just love those curly shavings.

  49. Agent_Blackwing on January 21, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I would love to get my hands on a Low angle jack. IMO it looks nicer than the "standard" jack.

  50. Geekistaan on January 21, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    I’m debating between a veritas standard angle jack plane and low angle jack. What’s your opinion?