Hand Tools Archive

Re: Rough, medium smooth in.....

Obviously correct in the main, but there are many uses for the range of planes in any shop. I often have pieces far too big to move, and they need to have a plane brought to them. I do have a small Makita plane but rarely get around to using it as it seems to struggle with hardwoods. There are also pieces too odd shaped or small to process in machinery. There is also endgrain, which I can't safely machine on the planer type tools, though routers can handle it but take a lot more set-up and clean-up.

One of the main uses is squeezing a dimension or grain alignment out of boards. It can be done on machines, but is often easier to do by hand (bandsaw is always at the ready).

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