Which Woodworking Hand Planes Do you Need First?

Which Woodworking Hand Planes Do you Need First?

Joshua Farnsworth talks about which hand plane you should buy first for traditional woodworking. The below link leads to his list of the basic set of hand tools that you’ll need when getting started in traditional woodworking:

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  2. Thomas Russell on March 22, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    I hope that if you are giving advice on tools, that you know your tools. While that center plane may be fully serviceable, it is a Frankenstein. The cap iron says it’s a bedrock, but the base, or sole, is a bailey design. the bedrock series has slightly higher squared off wings, not the rounded wings that that plane has. So, stating a specific model number on a plane that has been assembled from parts of different planes is not entirely accurate. Either way, a #5 sized model is surely the most appropriate starter "Jack" (of all trades) plane for beginners. I thank you for getting that bit right. So many woodworkers will tell people to start with a #4, but there is one raelly good reason to not do that. The #4 sized plane has a short toe which the beginner will have more troubl getting used to. the #5 however has almost twice the toe length and there for will be easier for the beginner to approach the beginning of a board wit as it provides more of an area to perch the nose of the plane on when starting the cut from the near edge. Aditionally, the #5 or Jack plane can be set up, as you said, as a scrub plane for faster stock removal, a smoother, with a different profile on the plane iron, or blade, and as a jointer for longer boards, though the #7 or #8 will joint much better on longer stock. The #5 is a good all-around or "jack of all trades" plane. You just may need an extra blade (iron) to fulfill all of it’s uses. All in all good advice, just wanted to point out that you model number is not applicable so that viewers are not using that number and expecting to find what they saw here.

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  4. Ben Poliquin on March 22, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    I think I will get into traditional working minus a good quality tablesaw and chainsaw mill. I want to be able to make my own lumber

  5. Mike alan Templeton on March 22, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I’m looking at a Lie Nielsen no7 for my son and they offer a standard and a low angle. Which would be a better buy?

  6. Gilberto Nino on March 22, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Does it matter if the base of the pane is fat or corrugated?

  7. Paul Cook on March 22, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you, good information.

  8. NEUTRAL OBSERVER on March 22, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    This video is stupid.  You discuss "jack planes."  If I look at a plane, how do I know if it is a "jack plane" or not ?  You should answer that.  ***********  Also, you do not give reasons WHY one plane is better than another at a given task.  *******  So, in sum, you provide, in essence, no information at all.

  9. TheThirdMan on March 22, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I wouldn’t recommend a low angle jack plane for a beginner, especially if they’re going to eventually move into a No 4 and a No 7. Just a good No 5 Stanley or Record is the best way to learn. I came through the hard way because my first plane was a Stanley No 78 which I inherited from my grandfather. I didn’t have any money so I just learnt how to use that. I wouldn’t recommend that line of progression to anyone!

  10. gaurav sharma on March 22, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    what is the difference between jack plane block plane etc

  11. Justin D on March 22, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Hey, so I’m not exactly a beginner, more of an intermediate. I’ve worked with some rough reclaimed wood like boxcar floors and grade one walnut. Anyway, I usually use my Ryobi electric hand planer and then go over with a belt sander and orbital. I’m probably going to invest in a 13" planer at some point, but I also was thinking about getting a jack plane to experiment with. I was hoping you could refer me to a good one for a decent price. I’d like one that’s new with a ready-to-go blade right out of the box. Mostly I don’t understand the blades (i.e., how they come, how I can adjust them, when I need to adjust them, when I need to replace them, etc.) Really I’m looking for a affordable, quick, by-hand solution to level out the face of some lumber before I start sanding it. (The blades on my electric planer tend to crack or chip, which can leave ridges, and matching up each pass with it can be a real pain.) Any information would be really helpful. Thanks for your time!

  12. Ivan Podgorney on March 22, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Very good. Thanks!

  13. Sergey Didanov on March 22, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the video. I want to buy Low Angel Jack Plane as my first plane. Could you please help, I want to buy two blades: for scraping and all other works. What sharping angel should I use for each one?

  14. Michael Enochs on March 22, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    What’s the difference between a Jack Plane and a Smoothing Plane? Can a Smoothing plane get the job done? Because I bought a Smooth Plane and I’m running into troubles. Boards aren’t getting square and I followed many videos to the T.

  15. MackZero on March 22, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Hi. Great channel. New sub. What was the newer low angle plane? I missed you saying the make/model. Thanks.