Tips for buying your first hand plane

Tips for buying your first hand plane

Buying your first hand plane is one of the major decisions you’ll make as a beginner. In this video, you’ll find advice on that topic.

Dictum Jack plane:

Dictum smoother:


  1. Milan Roljević on August 10, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    Greeting! I am a big fan of yours and love your work a lot. I live in Serbia, where the choice of handplanes (and hand tools in general) is very, very limited. only a few pieces can be found on the internet and those that need restoration. ordering from the European Union is not an option because I will pay more tax and VAT than the grater itself. now i’m using some really cheap planes (no 5 and 2) and i found some old wooden smoothing and jointer plane on the internet… but they work kind of ok for me.

  2. Mark Young on August 10, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    As a complete novice in hand tools I have found myself reaching for my 5 1/2 all the time, I have found early on that I was getting snipe at the start of the board from my no4 but the longer sole to the blade on the 5 1/2 has stopped that and is teaching me to avoid it with the no4

  3. ikkiiiieee on August 10, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    How do I sharpen the HSS blade compared to the regular blades?

  4. R AD on August 10, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Hi, excuse me but what you meant the bed it is actually the frog I’m afraid. In other words, the frog lies on the bed of the plane and the blade does it along with the cap iron on the frog. Just to make it clear. Nice video though, I agree a jack plane is the most versatile one. Cheers!

  5. 庄田 on August 10, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    After owning some plane (26 in working order, 12 of them are bench plane) I just come up with the same thought, a 5 1/2 as first choice, if can’t find a 5 1/2, a 5 will do. But specificly metal plane, because the sole stay flat for much longer then wooden body plane, and moveable frog to close and open the mouth as needed.
    If your pocket is not so deep, at least go for a similar quality plane of dictum plane( luban, quangsheng, wood river etc.), I own a no.4 and no.62 from dictum, they work. If you have the buget, go for veritas custom.
    Veritas custom have different angle frog as accessories, this allow you to use the same plane to do the job of many plane(high angle smother for large panel, jointer for short piece, jack/fore plane for fast stock removal and shooting plane), of course, you need more than one plane blade. You can still do all except high angle smother with an hand plane at dictum level.

  6. Adam B on August 10, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Excellent video. I too agree that a 5 or 5 1/2 is quite ideal as a first plane, plus a block plane to work chamfers.