What is a block Plane Used For and How to Adjust a Blockplane

What is a block Plane Used For and How to Adjust a Blockplane

So what is a block plane really used for. there is a lot of misconceptions about it, and I hope to clear those up.

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  1. Henry Siegertsz on January 23, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Great little video! I just bought, (It arrived today from eBay UK), an inexpensive little Irwin Record No. 9 1/2. exactly for the purposes you mentioned, of Chamfering a long edge and cleaning up the end grain on my small projects. I only own one other Plane it’s a Footprint No. 4 Bench Plane I recently restored to as new condition, (as it was my father-in-laws who passed away two years ago).

  2. WB Fine Woodworking With Don Bullock on January 23, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Hi James, I know this is an older video but it was very helpful, As I mentioned to you before I’m going to a woodworking tool swap meet in the morning hoping to be able to come home with some hand planes. My hope is to come home with a #4, a block plane and perhaps a router plane depending on the costs. I’m on a very limited budget. Thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge.

  3. James on January 23, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Got half way through this video. Still have no idea what it is used for.

  4. Andrew Bassett on January 23, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Many thank

  5. Mike Hopkins on January 23, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Really good video nicely explained.Ive just bought a cheap Harris
    block plane ,no instructions on how to adjust the blade so your hammer tip was what I needed.Should have watched your video before I bought this cheapy .Will have to buy a number 4 ,thanks for the info.

  6. tom barnes on January 23, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    thanks m8 great video you help me out there

  7. Nathan Rasch on January 23, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Great video; thanks for sharing this!

  8. Philip Plowman on January 23, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    So I just bought my first block planer at Lowe’s. Really have no idea how to use it, and even less now that I have bought and looked at it. I bought it to square up cuts on edges, changed and take out any waros that would affect joinery. Nothing terribly ornate. So far I’ve tried adjusting it different ways, and I’m sure I’m just not getting something but it doesn’t cut anything in any position. There’s so many dials etc, I’m more confused than ever and will probably just return it and keep using lots and lots and lots of sandpaper. Any suggestions?

  9. Free Morpheus on January 23, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    25 + 25 = 45??

  10. Dreyn 77 on January 23, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Throughout the video you keep dismissing detail. We all understand they’re different block planes that are purposely built.
    You understand what it is, so now you explore the differences in the unique products.
    Then you determine which 1 you’re going to buy 3 of.
    Or, if you’ll buy all 9. (3 of each).
    Thrifty makes you unwise.

  11. We The People on January 23, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    My high school shop teacher taught us to always lay a plane on its side so as not to dull the blade. Mr. Maebe, great guy.

  12. Ray Unseitig on January 23, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    nice, and mine always chokes up, there is about a half a millimeter of free space in the mouth with the blade in place. pretty useless, I cant get rid of shavings. —

  13. Ray Wright on January 23, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    You’re using the plane at a diagonal? ?

  14. Dave Pierce on January 23, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Another really good video … you have a knack of keeping the discussion down to earth that both the experienced and novice can take something away from it. Well done …. cheers

  15. keedle on January 23, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you so much for your suggestions on how to adjust the basic plane with the tap of a hammer. Just got a block plane to finish trimming some windows. I also noticed that when using the plane you seem to be holding it at a slight angle to the wood. Does that help you get a smoother cut? I’ve tried going straight on and it seems to get caught frequently that way.

  16. shawn hernandez on January 23, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Can you let me know which one was the second block plane you reviewed?

  17. ZachZRipper on January 23, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Just wanted to see if anyone here had the same idea as me… I might try this one one of my spare no. 9.5 blades, but has anyone ever tried making an 80-90° bevel for their block plane blades?

    I saw some of these low angle jack planes with 90° scraper blades, and I was wondering if the same thing can be accomplished for a block plane? Low angle is probably easier, but I was wondering if an 80° bevel blade for a standard 20° bed block plane would work? It would be wonderful to be able to turn a block plane into a scraper with a simple change of a blade!

  18. BruceEEvans1 on January 23, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    You say it’s a one handed tool and then start using it with both hands.

  19. Chad Hoffman on January 23, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Awesome info. Thanks my dude

  20. sounduser on January 23, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    👍 I have a plane like this… Didn’t realise that the front adjustment opened the mouth… No wonder I could only remove tiny amounts of material.

  21. przybyla420 on January 23, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    It’s all about learning to set the screw just tight enough that very gentle taps will advance the iron slowly and evenly. Too loose or too tight, and you loss all your control. And you need to tighten it down before testing it, of course, and then loosen it to give another tap, then retighten, test, etc.

  22. Knight Rider on January 23, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    So what exactly do you mean by a bench plane? I’m looking at getting the Stanley No.4, what bench plane would you recommend? Thanks-

  23. ernesto hugo noguera on January 23, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    No entendí una mierda lo que dijiste , pero me gustó el video ,! ,( I’am carpenter ) , soy de Bs As , Saludos !

  24. How I Do Things DIY on January 23, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Now I know. Do you have a video on sharpening?

  25. Ted Finkenauer on January 23, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Should the iron grind on a low angle plane be 25° primary with a 30° micro? Thanks for the video.

  26. Stealth Viking on January 23, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    What a waste of time didn’t even touch upon much of the adjustment. and who makes a video about planes that has a block plane missing a knob.

  27. Andrew Corry on January 23, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    His knob broke off !

  28. Bruce Brachman on January 23, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    James: Have you discovered a way to plane at an exact angle? (I cannot find anything on the internet. Searching for ‘angle’ only gives you suggestions on the bevel angle) I am building something that has two different angles at the joint and need to plane to those angles. Sliding bevel gauge? Pencil lines (won’t really work because the wood is so thin) Some blocks under the plane to lift up one edge? I am really baffled. Thanks.

  29. Ray Unseitig on January 23, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    no way to adjust the mouth on mine, time to get my file out.

  30. DeForrest Keeling on January 23, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Very helpful info. Still need to know about which plane to use on cookies thou.

  31. Thom Manning on January 23, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Just came across your video after buying my first Stanley 60 1/2. I’m struggling with the adjustments and I can’t find good resources describing other than yours. Out of the box, the blade seemed to be angled to the left and indeed, when I close the mouth, the gap is tighter on the right than on the left. My rear nob is extending the blade in and out but I cant seem to get it to move laterally back to the right. Help?

  32. Felix Reali on January 23, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. I just purchased my very first block plane (which also happens to be my very first proper hand-tool). and this video was just what I was looking for :-))) thank you

  33. Tension Resonator on January 23, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Fantastic video!! THANK YOU!!

  34. SUAS PhotoVideo on January 23, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

  35. Terrence Rooney on January 23, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks. Appreciate that you had no "music" thumping in the background. Great explantion!

  36. Tartor Styx on January 23, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Hi! One thing I find different on the no 60 1/2 low angle block plane compared with my other no 4 and no 5 is for the depth adjustment I have to slightly loosen the lever cap, otherwise I can feel heavy resistance from the adjustment screw grinding in the body hole.
    I got mine new, with manual printed poorly, translated with google, probably made far east.

  37. BandyBorehol on January 23, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Is that hammer handle made of pastry?

  38. Dianna Carter-Williams on January 23, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    how to disassemble and reassemble the kobalt block plane

  39. Cody & Sara Harmon on January 23, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Great video.. but you said the block plane is made for one hand use, then when you use it you used both hands lol good knowledge though

  40. Ryan Busch on January 23, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    just picked up a 103 unknown maker block plane going to fix it up. cute little thing and perfect for one hand edge beveling like you mentioned. recently restored a Sargent409 and Stanley 31, you can spend a ton on new high quality tools or fix up old garage sale junkers and make fantastic cuts. i am new to wood working so for me fixing up the old stuff helps me learn a lot along the way by research into the subject (how i found this video) and dismantlement the item and handling each part. but i also have a passion for fixing things so goes hand in hand. 🙂 great video thanks for the information.

  41. Brian Larson on January 23, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I only hand one hand to work with. A Miller’s Falls, No. 57, was my first purchase. It arrived in used shape, I had to reshape the iron by hand, lol. I was hoping to use is as my only plane for woodworking, but there is a problem. It seems I may have set too low of an angle with the bevel as the plane usually digs into the surface and stops instead of traveling thru the cut. Also it leave channels or deep grooves along the stroke of travel. I believe I will need to round off the corners of the iron as well as adding a secondary bevel at a higher angle. Apparently the iron was extended too far out from the bevel tool when I reshaped it. The bevel too is a whole other topic, as I had to repair it right out of the box. Anyway, I just ordered a Crescent No. 9 from WA. Thinking it might be a better choice for board work, and once finished again, the block plane will be my go too edger. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your consideration.

  42. Archangel52 Archangel52 on January 23, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Thank for sharing some good information
    I have a couple of planes that I don’t use because I don’t know how to use them properly
    Your video def helped shed light on using them thanks again !!

  43. CHI STEAM on January 23, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    very informative – thank you.

  44. jjoo5454 on January 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    0:50, 9:22 ,😅

  45. MrEldoradot on January 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you for the video. Good explanation of what a block plane is.

  46. Kerry Foster on January 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    I recently bought a cheap block plane at a car boot sale. Once the lateral adjusting set I simply tap the back or front on the workbench to adjust the depth. I have it razor sharp and it’s amazing how much it can do. Fantastic for end grain! Love this tool!

  47. Ludwig4571 on January 24, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Which number was the second plane? I thought it was a 9 1/2?

  48. Heseblesens on January 24, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Thanks a lot for the good information and superb video!

    I know my way around quite a few of the older tools, but I never used the block plane much before – usually a knife took care of chamfering or end grain trimming as the things I made were small. When I found my late fathers old block plane the other day I decided to use it for chamfering on some rough garden chairs that I am making for my sister in law. The block plane is very similar to the black one you have in this video, but has no knob in the front and the sides are not parallell but curved: ( ).
    The condition of the plane was poor – the adjustment wheel (if it can be called that – maybe tightening wheel is more correct) was missing and the screw was worn so the blade was not being secured correctly. Also the person that used it last had the blade set in bevel down. I found that this had to be wrong, so I did a search on YouTube to educate myself on the do’s and don’ts of block planes. They say that even a blind hen can sometimes find grain and that was true for me this time as I found all the info I needed in the first video I watched. My advantage over the hen is that I knew from watching a lot of your videos that I wouldn’t need to look any further! 😉 Keep safe and keep up the good work!

  49. Robert Wilson on January 24, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for the information. I have about 20 of these now trying to fix and figure out how they work. I also have around 15 mini plans. Some call them Luther planes. I hope I can figure out how to set up some of them one day.

  50. Steve Pope on January 24, 2022 at 12:03 am

    How do I set up my block plane