Woodworking Hand Planes

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A Hand Plane is a specialized tool designed to hold a sharpened blade to accomplish a specific woodworking task. It is usually pushed or pulled along a surface to cut or smooth a piece of wood. Prior to the introduction of motorized power tools, hand planes were needed to bridge the gap between rough lumber and finished projects.

Hand planes definitely have a place in a modern woodworker’s arsenal. When working large projects, it’s hard to compete with the speed and accuracy of power tools such as jointer or planer. However, properly tuned hand planes can give you superior results when it comes to smoothing and other fine work. Using hand tools in conjunction with power tools is an advisable strategy to follow for most of your woodworking projects. Read Full Article

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