What are wooden hand planes made of?
At its most basic, the wooden hand plane is made entirely of wood except for its iron. Wooden planes generally lack the sophistication of mechanisms that control the depth and lateral position of the iron and the size of the mouth.
Are wooden hand planes any good?
They’re certainly as quick as any metal alternatives, and my wooden smoothing plane can take on anything a metal plane can, leaving a far superior finish. If you like the romantic appeal of a wooden hand plane but never thought them to be all that practical then don’t be too quick to dismiss them.
What plane should I buy first?
Your first purchases should be a low-angle block plane and a shoulder plane, above. Both help you put a refining touch on the less-than-perfect cuts produced by your power tools. For example, with a few strokes, a finely tuned low-angle block plane shaves burn marks or fuzz off end grain that saw blades leave behind.
What makes a good hand plane?
Low Angle. Made from metal but lighter in weight than other metal planes, low-angle planes are shallower in depth and often come with thicker blades that are easy to adjust. If you’re new to woodworking, a low-angle plane is an excellent first plane to start with because it’s easy to set up and control.
What angle should a hand plane be sharpened?
The trials and error of woodworking over the centuries has shown us that a sharp edge for woodworking is best achieved if the angle of the two planar surfaces meet somewhere between 25 and 45 degrees, with a sweet spot at 25 to 30 degrees.
What is the frog on a hand plane?
The frog is a casting that supports the blade on the plane body and allows for back-and-forth and side-to-side adjustment. Poor contact with either the plane body or the blade results in vibration called chatter, so this component must be flattened and fitted as precisely as possible.