The Block Plane That Gives You WINGS!!! Review of the Bridge City Tool Works HP-8

The Block Plane That Gives You WINGS!!! Review of the Bridge City Tool Works HP-8

In this video we check out the Bridge City Tool Works HP-8. What are the wings for? Do I need one? Do I want one?

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00:00 Intro
00:15 Review
09:09 Outro


  1. Viviana Bances on November 21, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    Hello, thanks for your videos,I also have this plane and totally agree it’s nice but uncomfortable to hold I have made a wooden knob for the adjusting knob because it hurts. Also I’d like to round the corners that are very pointy but I can’t do it to the only one bridge city I own.

  2. Eric Commarato on November 21, 2023 at 11:40 pm

    Love the old stuff BCT made…no so much the new stuff

  3. Allan Bazinet on November 21, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    Bought one of these (on sale, naturally) on a whim. Turns out it’s perfect for precisely thicknessing kumiko strips; works great. Set the depth and plane until it doesn’t take shavings any more; easy stuff.

  4. Cottrill Tool & Woodworks on November 21, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for this vid, you just confirmed my thoughts on this plane. I’ve been mulling it over for at least 6 months on whether or not to get one.

  5. Corwin D on November 21, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    If you are looking to plane to thicknesses of 1/4" or 1/2" (actually anywhere from 1/8" to 3/4" in 1/8" increments) you may prefer to make a plane skid like in this video: Easy to make and uses the more comfortable plane you already have.

  6. Horacio Nochetto on November 21, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    Again, nothing but a great review. Sounds to me that my veritas is the way to go. You didn’t say this, but my own interpretation.

  7. Patrick Howie on November 22, 2023 at 12:08 am

    I keep expecting to see the BCT review that’ll blow my mind and change my life for the price. Their smoother plane typically starts in videos to have the clickbait title for a $1200 hand plane. Their innovation and design seem incredible, but it seems like Veritas would give more effective usability at a relatively affordable price (not usually the category for Lee Valley). Thanks for the review

  8. Roger Boucher on November 22, 2023 at 12:08 am

    Btw, if you drop only one wing and slam it on the face of a plank, then you could clean and square the edge of it. Hope that makes sense ( I’m French) haha

  9. Bob Weiram on November 22, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Can’t you also use one of the wings to make 90 degree edge?

  10. Devon Martin on November 22, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Great review. Thanks, Jamie.

  11. Jim Rosson on November 22, 2023 at 12:11 am

    Great review

  12. Roger Boucher on November 22, 2023 at 12:14 am

    I would use my padded fingerless glove while using this tool for a long time.

  13. Tungsten Carbide on November 22, 2023 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for this. I’ve been wanting to try one of these out if maybe one comes along at a good price (couldn’t order from the US, shipping would kill any deal) but what you showed about the comfort has me rethinking. Kicking myself for not realising this sooner just from looking at the thing!

  14. Anthony Seiver on November 22, 2023 at 12:17 am

    Speaks volumes that Bridge City Tools almost impossible to get in Australia. And as others have said, those who say how good they are were enticed to do. I subscribe to their mailing list (I would love to like their tools based on their look) so anyone who pays full price is just impatient.

  15. Tyler Peterson on November 22, 2023 at 12:19 am

    I get weird vibes from bridge city tools. A bunch of bigger channels do sponsored segments on them and talk about how high quality and precise they are. Then I see videos from people with less notoriety who talk about how terrible the quality and experience of using their tools are. This little block plane seems to be the only one people kind of agree is fine enough just because of how cheap it is on sale and the novelty of the depth adjustment. I think they’re all hype at this point.

  16. t g on November 22, 2023 at 12:27 am

    They are just chinese made knock-offs of the originals 😉 . Bridge city used to be a different story when John used to own it. Now it’s just Harvey Tools. About the clamping – it’s the old double stick tape or masking tape on both surface and work piece and ca in between.

  17. Jason. B on November 22, 2023 at 12:27 am

    Hehe, 7# 2oz.

  18. Make MistakeZ on November 22, 2023 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for the shout out! Banging the tool on the planing stop is super relatable. I just did the same thing for an off-camera project and thought my stop was low enough. It wasn’t 😂

  19. t g on November 22, 2023 at 12:30 am

    sooo essentially you could machine similar depth stops for the Veritas Customs since they come with the screw holes on each side for the fence 😉

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