Why Use a Hand Plane?

Why Use a Hand Plane?

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If you’ve used nothing but power tools in your woodworking, you might wonder why hand tools are helpful. In this video, Tom Caspar explains why hand planes are beneficial and sometimes perform better than power tools.

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16 Comments

  1. Edward McLaughlin on June 6, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    A good old hand-job never lets you down.



  2. HOPKIRK on June 6, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Hand tools are where it’s at



  3. meanders on June 6, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Love Tom Caspar, he was my favorite American Woodworker contributor. Please feature him more often, George. We can all use his help with hand tools. I noticed he has an IBC blade in his well-tuned old Stanley, I’d like to see Tom do a video on buying and using aftermarket blades to make old planes perform better.



  4. Javier Pena on June 6, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    "Please don’t beat me with a belt sander." haha



  5. Pistachio on June 6, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I’m just a novice with little budget but I’ve always been told to get a good hand plane from the start. Worth the investment they said. Yet, all decent hand planes cost quite a bit; like I can probably buy cheap machine tools for the price and I need one for each purpose. Are there any acceptable hand plane manufacturers that doesn’t cost as much as Veritas or Lie-Nielsen? (even Stanley isn’t any cheaper) Or for my budget, should I just stick to Ryobi machines?



  6. Strict NonConformist on June 6, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I’m doomed long-term to living in apartments with people all around me, so dust creation is problematic, as is space to store power tools, and then there’s the noise: a hand plane can potentially be used next to someone sleeping beside you without waking them up, stealthy compared to a power tool. They also aren’t as bulky to store (though perhaps you really want to own more than one, compared to perhaps one large powered planer…)



  7. Green Building on June 6, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    He uses rob cosman blade



  8. Johan Ouweneel on June 6, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    i use a handplane specialy for edge joining. it gives me a nearly invisible joint.



  9. Mark S. on June 6, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    You hit the proverbial nail on the head… hand tools are more fun to use. No noise, less dust and more "feels". Whenever I feel stressed out, I go and hand plane a piece of wood just for the heck of it. Very therapeutic!



  10. Phillip Yeager on June 6, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Don’t forget the cabinet scraper in lieu of excessive sanding.



  11. samsske on June 6, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Love Tom; but,what’s up with that hair?



  12. Randy Owens on June 6, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I throughly enjoy and love using my hand tools, especially my hand planes!

    I just recently refurbish a hand saw and tried my hand at saw sharpening! I am learning and really enjoying the hand tools and the process. (I also made a saw vise from some scrap pieces that I had. Works ok but could use some tweaking. I am having more fun with hand tools than I thought possible. )



  13. Rick Marshall on June 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the great video



  14. Howard Kurtus on June 6, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    funny as fuck



  15. Jesus von Nazaret on June 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    the plane needs to be really really sharp
    learn how to sharpen a plane and have a sharpening station permanently set up, so that it’s quick to use (invest in a good set of diamond "stones")
    also get some wax or an oily rag for the sole of the plane to lubricate it a bit to reduce friction
    watch Paul Sellers youtube videos, he shows all the important tips and tricks how to handle planes



  16. yessega on June 6, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Coupla crazy guys