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This instructable will give you a demonstration on taking rough sawn wood and turning it into smooth planed stock using only hand tools. 
By selecting tools used by craftspeople of the past this task can be completed briskly and easily. This is an ideal skill to have if you have power tools that only allow you to work on narrow widths or your working late and you don't want to wake the neighbours!
The tools needed to do this need not be expensive, spending money on the right tool is more important than spending lots of money on all your tools.
As always make sure you take all necessary safety precautions and follow all the safety instructions provided with your tools.

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Step 1: Getting To Know Your Tools

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This section has a short video giving an overview of the main tools used during the process, namely the bench planes.
nspirit10 months ago
Thank you for this explanations. Now I'll be able to use correctly my grand father tools efficiently.
G S Haydon (author)  nspirit10 months ago
No problem nspirit. The Trying plane belonged to my Great Grandfather which is pretty cool. I hope to do a little more on how to sharpen and prepare the blades for the planes soon.
legamin5 months ago

cool. We have a renter in our mum in law apartment who sleeps odd hours and works at home... Noisy power tools, of which I own in abundance, are out most of the day. This opens up a great deal of useful opportunity to get more work done!

G S Haydon (author)  legamin5 months ago

Thanks legamin. This will be much quiter indeed. I will be doing an improved video in time.

Stone_UFO10 months ago
planes are the bomb. they can give some nasty blood blisters though from a pinch off that sharpened edge. awesome video mang
G S Haydon (author)  Stone_UFO10 months ago
Thanks Stone_UFO, glad you liked the vids.
redpete5710 months ago
It is worth pointing out that old planes often have "better" blades. They are not so brittle as modern blades and can hold a keener edge. Sharpening plane blades is a whole subject in itself - anyone care to do an instructable on that?
G S Haydon (author)  redpete5710 months ago
Hello redpete57. You are indeed right about older blades, especially the ones found in many wooden planes. The blades are very thick and create a very sharp edge. I will be doing a video on sharpening soon,
joelav G S Haydon10 months ago
I've got sharpening down pretty well free hand with waterstones; except for cambered irons. Some tips there would be awesome
G S Haydon (author)  joelav10 months ago
Joelav I did give waterstones and diamonds a try but I much prefer oil stones (that does not mean oil stones are the best, I just like them). On the basis that cambered irons are normally used at the initial stage they don't need to be a crazy sharp as a smoother. A natural rocking motion is all I do and I hope to do a video on sharpening soon to illustrate this.
joelav10 months ago
since I don't have a wide jointer, I like to flatten one face of wider boards this way before planing. My weapon of choice is my Stanley No.7 type 13. Great instructions! Hand tools can serve us power tool guys well also.
G S Haydon (author)  joelav10 months ago
joelav you have hit on a very very useful point here. The system you describe is really useful if you have a planer and gets the job done quick.
oakspoor10 months ago
Machine tools are tedious to set up and make a horrible racket. Fine if you want to make several of the same thing.

The soft song of a sharp blade bringing a piece of a tree closer to perfection one stroke at a time is one of the most rewarding experiences one could ever have. It is sculpture, music and dance in every pass.
G S Haydon (author)  oakspoor10 months ago
oakspoor, firstly thanks for commenting. I as you enjoy using hand tools but I also relish the support a power tool or machine can provide.
I'm a sucker for the "soft song" too :-)