Handplanes

5-minute Cavetto Moulding

I made some cavetto moulding for a version of The Schoolbox I’m building. And because a cavetto is one of the easiest mouldings to make with a round plane, I decided to demonstrate the basics of laying out this moulding using a No. 4 plane. Cavetto, which means “to hollow,” is sometime called a...

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John Wilson’s Adjustable-pitch Plane

If you had only one bench plane, it would be nice if that plane could do both roughing and smoothing chores. Woodworker John Wilson tackled that problem in our April 2011 issue with his adjustable-pitch jack plane, which can be switched from 45° pitch to 52° pitch in less than a minute. I’ve had...

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Evapo-Rust a Friend to Vintage Tools

I love “before” and “after” photos of things. This week I picked up a nice 3/16” side-bead plane from Josh Clark (aka Hyperkitten). The tool is a gem. The boxing is perfect. The sole is straight. The wedge fits great and the iron’s profile is the right shape and is – gasp – sharp....

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Variable-pitch Jack Plane

This jack plane can be easily set to work at 45° for rough work or 52° for smoothing chores. By John Wilson Pages: 48-53 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now The story of this plane goes back 20 years to a chance encounter I had with a Cecil Pierce jack plane. Pierce was a...

Thanks, Mr. Dead Guy

I don’t get to read much fiction anymore, but I do read old woodworking books almost every night (last night I finished the potboiler “Cabinet Construction” (1937) edited by the great J.C.S. Brough). And the reason I keep reading these books – even basic ones – is that there are gems to be found....

Highly Recommended: Catharine Kennedy

This morning has been frustrating. I’ve been scouring the shop for my bradawl, which I’ve owned for ages, but it’s just plain gone. And earlier this fall, one of our students accidentally took my favorite claw hammer home with him (he returned it). And I also lost the very first Starrett 6″ rule I...