An Observation on Vintage Handplanes

Note: I started writing this blog entry more than a year ago. I shelved it and have revisited it several times since. Each time, I thought: I don’t need this kind of grief. For whatever reason (four beers, perhaps?), I offer this as an observation based on teaching students, both amateur and professional. For...

Cutting a bevel on a piece of trim with a handplane. This is a practice piece with a big knot in the middle.

Handplane Quest – Using the Tool to Cut a Bevel

I just did something pretty satisfying. I just completed my first woodworking task – a task that’s part of a build – with a handplane. I’m pretty sure that no one other than me will be impressed with this feat. It was a really simple task, and if you look back in the blog...

Is Your Handplane Tuned? Acacia melanoxylon Knows

One of the best things about getting older has been the fact that I can now do more woodworking tasks “by feel” than “by eye.” As my already-crappy eyesight has become dulled by middle age, I’ve found that my other senses – particularly my sense of touch – have become heightened. I cannot always...


Super-Tune a Handplane, with Christopher Schwarz

Whether your plane is old or new, discover tips that will make it perform with surgical precision. With just a little effort and a couple hours, you can turn any handplane into a super-tuned, high-performance tool. Order “Super-Tune a Handplane” now!


Turn a Flea-market Find into a Super Handplane

Christopher Schwarz’s new DVD, “Super-Tune a Handplane: How to turn a flea-market find into a fast, accurate and smooth-cutting tool,” is now available in our store for pre-order. I watched the two-day shoot for this video (ya know, just to make sure he got everything right (ha)), and I now feel confident that I...

Handplane Birdhouse Plans

Download the Old Plane Birdhouse by clicking here, or right click on the words and “Save target as …” . This is a $1.99 value at Go to the store for more feeder and birdhouse plans now.