In the above video, Bill Anderson introduces woodworking hand tools used to make wood planes, or wooden hand planes.
General woodworking hand tools, like hand planes, chisels & carving gouges, rasps, brace & bits, layout tools, winding sticks, a straight edge, mallets, and hand saws are used.
But other hand tools are used, which are specific for the wood plane making operation. These tools include:
- A bed float: used to flatten out the bed, or breast, of the wood plane
- Cheek floats: for the sides of the cheeks of the abutment
- Edge Floats: used to shape the angle of the mortise in the abutment
- Scraper chisel: used to scrape the bed of the hand plane, to get it very smooth
- Special shop-made angle gauges
Bill is a handplane expert, and an accomplished maker of wooden hand planes. His workshop is full of both wood planes and metal planes, and he teaches classes on making, refurbishing, and sharpening hand planes.
This video is an excerpt from the popular video: “Building a Traditional 18th Century Jointer Plane with Bill Anderson” which you can buy here.
Here are some photos of Bill building his 18th century jointer plane: