Bad quality woodworking planes

Cheap (and bad quality) hand plane for woodworking

All afternoon fighting with a small hand-held carpenter’s plane. I don’t even remember when I bought it or how much it cost me, but I do remember that I had never been able to get a single chip out of it.

Small woodworking plane

The thing is that a few days ago I was recording and preparing a post about sharpening chisels and I sharpened the blade of that little planer while I was at it. After adjusting the blade as best I could think of, I tried it and it worked. Well, it did get shavings out without getting stuck, but to say it worked is too much to say, it didn’t do wonders, the shavings were not as fine as I would like and also the surface of the wood was not quite perfect.

I still went ahead and bought a bigger hand plane (and cheap, very cheap).

What I tried this afternoon was to adjust the small planer to make it work better, which involved polishing the base of the jointer plane with the help of some metal sandpaper. And with the help of files rectify some areas to position the blade correctly (including the modification of the angle of the cutting edge). There came a time when everything seemed to be going smoothly and then suddenly something went wrong.

A professional carpenter’s planer is about one hundred and some long, two hundred euros. A decent one about fifty euros. A crappy one is sure to be found for twenty euros. Mine cost me 8,6€ (fun or cheap as they say here in Galicia).

I’m going to prepare the entry on how to sharpen the chisels and I’ll see what I do with the hand planes. The big one I’m thinking of leaving it as an ornament, maybe I’ll go for the mate that cost 6,5€.

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