Woodworking Tips – Why Do Japanese Artisans Use Hand Planes?

Woodworking Tips – Why Do Japanese Artisans Use Hand Planes?

In this video, I talk about why hand planing is the best way to finish wood.
These days it is less common for houses to be built showcasing wooden structures.
As a result, there is no place to demonstrate the value of skillfully crafted wood.
However, the planing technique has been handed down and used in Japanese architecture since ancient times, and it has significant meaning.
I would be happy if you could understand this value even a little.

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  1. Glytch Meister on October 7, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Thank you for getting right to the point, I couldn’t find anything else on YouTube that actually explained the purpose of planing – a lot of information (and probably not much of it accurate or true) about how to make planers or showcasing the thin shavings, but nothing about WHY. Good on ya.

  2. buryzenek002 on October 7, 2022 at 2:44 am

    I’m an apprentice carpenter in yacht company in UK, because of the nature of our job most of the wooden elements should be sanded and coated with the right product to ensure long lasting water repellency in this humid environment. It is the first time I have seen the purpose of planing for wood so clearly and even if I had it somewhere in the back of my head, now I’ll definitely remember the reason for this, thank you so much 🙂

  3. Ahmet Yilmaz on October 7, 2022 at 2:45 am

    hallo mein freund grüße dich

  4. Ole Koustrup Hansen on October 7, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Excellent, I enjoy the to watch this high level of professionalism and proudness of your work
    I’ve for several years tried to master the planing
    Couldn’t you make a video about this – like how to select the plane, how to sharpen it, how to adjust it and how to handle it
    It might seems trivial for you, but I really have troubles doing this

  5. SlapHappy BBQ Australia on October 7, 2022 at 2:46 am

    How does a metal scrapper and glass scraper compare to hand planning and sanding? That is in the since of stopping wood from absorbing liquids and oils.

  6. Кошик Ариан on October 7, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Good advice from Wood-Artisan.

  7. Alan Garratt on October 7, 2022 at 2:49 am

    I think it is interesting that the technique you use to saw and plane is to "pull towards" you. I was always taught to "push away".

  8. Lohi Karhu on October 7, 2022 at 2:50 am

    I wonder if hand scraping the wood achieves *partly* the same effects as planing, as it is also using a sharp edge to remove surface irregularities??
    Can anyone comment on this thought?

  9. William Alan Photo on October 7, 2022 at 2:51 am

    Very good explanation.

  10. Deborah Wallace on October 7, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Thank you,
    There is always so much more to learn. One question: with regard to planing when creating Kumiko, why does it seem artisan carpenters plane one side while preparing the segments.? I always expect them to turn them over, but that is never shown. Is it a matter of keeping their video brief, or is there a reason for the one-sided planing

  11. Robert Black on October 7, 2022 at 3:00 am

    What blade angle would you suggest for pine?

  12. Henrik Jansson on October 7, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Hello from a Danish Carpenter and thanks for a lot of good inspiration.

  13. milxl on October 7, 2022 at 3:08 am

    So that means sand paper is good for varnish or paint ?👍

  14. W W on October 7, 2022 at 3:09 am


  15. Noah Problemo on October 7, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Excellent as always. Thank you.

  16. Elwood Hindley on October 7, 2022 at 3:13 am

    Thank you. I didn’t know this. I now have a another reason for planing.🙏

  17. shane Pemberton on October 7, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Hi Shoyan , marvellous videos. I think I have watched them all now. This is fantastic footage and the quality of workmanship is great. Thanks for sharing your skills and competence with us.

  18. Food Paradise on October 7, 2022 at 3:19 am

    I add number 4 and 5, a healthier lung and save money. I sand only absolutely needed.

  19. a name on October 7, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Thank you for the great explanation!

  20. Bartautas Švedarauskas on October 7, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Thank you

  21. M B on October 7, 2022 at 3:31 am

    Incredible, thank you for sharing those insights about planing.

  22. Richard Hanmer on October 7, 2022 at 3:33 am

    I never knew!

  23. Bobby Del Cavallo on October 7, 2022 at 3:35 am