What Do Historical Sources Say About the Smoothing Plane?|Hand Plane Foundations

What Do Historical Sources Say About the Smoothing Plane?|Hand Plane Foundations

Welcome to my Hand Plane Foundations course. In this course I’m going to introduce the different types of bench planes and discuss their setup and use, focusing on the planes you’ll need most as a new hand tool woodworker. I’ll cover sharpening the iron, setting up the cap iron, and troubleshooting and tuning the tool up to perform at its best. I’ll finish up by building a modern two tone cutting board from some beautiful North American hardwoods, completely by hand. You can view the full course here:



  1. ikust007 on April 29, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Cheers !

  2. Whitty's Workshop on April 29, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    If we were to believe every hand tool pundit…… they would imply that every plane needs to be fettled to within an inch of its life, and that they are all precision tools. Im glad there is someone out there who tells it straight as you did; the only plane that actually matters or that needs to be set up perfectly is the smoother, the other planes are not the last tool to touch the work, the smoother is. I agree with you entirely…. it is a very important plane to the hand tool worker and it needs to be in top form to do it job. Try planes, jacks, and especially foreplanes do not need to be super accurate tools, they can have wide open mouths and irons that are not particularly "sharp"…. the smoother is the only one that needs to be accurate and properly sharp.
    I comment on your posts in the hope that it will help with the YouTube "algorithm" and more people will see your stuff, you are a good teacher Bob, and many could find help in your videos 🙂

  3. Matthew Buntyn on April 29, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    It’s funny to compare how much Moxon wrote about the fore plane, to how little he wrote about the smoothing plane. At least Nicholson gives a size