This woodworking tips card is about making a hand plane. As a new woodworker, making tools is a huge win. When I made my first hand plane I was blown away by how nice it was to have a good plane in the shop. You can do the same, and hopefully you don’t wait as long as I did to make your own.
Making Your Own Hand Plane
The hand plane on the card is my first, which I use all the time in my shop. It’s hideous when compared to some of the others you will see online, but it works like a champ.
I never really appreciated the hand plane until I made one for myself. The story is pretty funny, and I share it in my post on Sharp Tools and my Odd Discovery.
You are going to have to use several tools, make accurate measurements, and learn how to hone a plane iron for this one small project.
As a beginning woodworker, this is going to be a test of your abilities. However, once you are through the process, you will have more refined skills and a new tool to work with.
Making Your Own Tools Warms You Twice
Any time you make a tool, you get a huge bonus. Not only do you learn about woodworking as you are making the item, but you get a new tool in the end. This tool will be far more valuable than anything you could buy in a store.
A handmade tool becomes a treasure in your shop. When you make something, you give it a lot of value. You enjoy using it more, and you feel more of a connection with how it works.
I wrote about how handmade tools Warm You Twice using a quote about chopping wood. It makes sense, and it’s one of the reasons that I recommend beginning woodworkers make a lot of tools at first.
If you have any questions on Woodworking Tips Cards – Hand Plane, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please Subscribe so that you do not miss out on anything new. Happy building.
- More than 20 Years Woodworking Experience
- 7 Woodworking Books Available on Amazon
- Over 1 Million Words Published About Woodworking
- Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University
I receive Commissions for Purchases Made Through the Links in This Post.