Hand held planer, how to build an outdoor table with tile top - Test Out

Categories: Wood Wine Rack Plans | Author: admin 27.11.2014

When I was breaking down yellow birch for the last production of moulding planes for Time Warp Tool Works, I ended up with one block about 3 inches square and 10 inches long, with a partial live edge along one surface. I used West Systems epoxy to attach a lignum vitae sole for smooth planing and a hard-wearing surface. Perhaps one of the quickest ways to surface a board is to feed it through a thickness planer which removes material from the top. Unlike the jointer and thickness planer, hand-held surfacing tools have no capacity limits (but to require more skill and stamina). When I am faced with a lot of material that needs to be removed, especially over a large area, I start with my power planer.
After having done the preliminary flattening with the power planer, I use hand planes to refine the surface, removing any ridges or tearout. Hand-held tools, while not always as efficient as machinery, allow me to work with any size and shape of material I choose. To fair the complex surfaces of the wood, I used short-soled planes and sanders (some day, I want to make a plane with a 2-3″ sole specifically for this purpose).

Of all the bench planes (bevel-down) I have acquired, the Veritas ones have been by far the easiest to adjust and for that, I love them. Three years ago, I made a new tote and knob for my Veritas #4 which is my favourite bench plane.
Most woodworkers think of a block plane as a hand plane about 6″ long without a tote (rear handle) that can be held in one hand easily.
One definition of a block plane is a hand plane with blade installed on a low-angle bed (commonly 12 or 20 degrees), bevel-up. That rule does include low-angle (bevel-up) smoothers, jacks, and jointer planes in the category of block planes. But I cannot think of any way to stretch the definition to include a plane such as this one. Now turn the planer's drum around to the other side and repeat the process on the second blade.
As you can see, replacing the blades on a hand-held planer is an easy repair you can do yourself--just remember to be careful with your fingers.

If you are new to hand planers (I am) the owners manual says nothing about leveling the blades. This article will walk you through the steps needed to change your Planer blades so you always get the best performance from the tool. You can plane and plane the same surface again and again with nothing but frustrating results. The steps will be similar on other models of hand-held planers, but the fasteners used to secure the blades may differ, so you will want to have a decent assortment of screwdrivers and ratchets to make sure you can loosen the fasteners on your tool. Emmerich Company, whose blade is installed bevel-down on a 50-degree bed does not qualify as a block plane, yet it is described as one. Fortunately, replacing a planer's blades is a simple repair that you can complete in the comfort of your own home.

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