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We’re extremely busy at the moment but I’m still finding the time to continue making my wooden hand planes in between (watch the Video Rant here). In fact I’ve become a bit addicted to making these planes and am impressed every time I use them. When we do the video for the hand plane build it’s important for me to know that I’m not ranting on at you to go make one, for it to turn out to be a load of old tripe, so I’ve been putting my smoother to use every day for a couple of months now (that’s a lot of mileage!) and it just keeps getting better.
I had a tool purge around the time that I completed my Jack plane and all but the essential tools got put in boxes. For the bench planes I left myself with only the three wooden ones shown here. These have been doing all of the work for good while now so I can be confident that they’re certainly not tripe. I pulled out my Stanley Jack again the other day and it felt clunky and wrong after using these gems for such a long time, I think there’s a lot to be said for building the tool for your own hand rather than for Mr & Mrs Smith.
For the video we’re going to take the Jack plane route. It won’t be a rough thing like my favourite old Jack, but a nice fine tool which will teach you everything you need to continue on and make a lovely smoother & jointer if you wanted. And if you don’t have a range of bench planes already, then you should make them all as it’s a great way to get a sense of how the variety of lengths will benefit your woodworking.
We’re also working on something for this video that could be very exciting and we’ll let you know, as soon as we know, if we’ve managed to pull it off.