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STL252: The pull of the Japanese handplane


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Query 1:

From Cory:
Are you able to assist me perceive how Japanese hand planes work? Particularly how the blade is bedded. I’ve performed an inexpensive quantity of analysis and I nonetheless can’t seam to understand simply how the blade depth is about and adjusted. Is there a typical course of for creating the mortises and adjusting the depth? I’m certain you’re the finest individuals to show to.
As at all times, sustain the nice work. Thanks for at all times discovering a technique to describe issues in a means that makes me really feel like I’m watching firsthand.

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Video: All About Japanese Planes

Studying to make use of a Japanese aircraft takes time and dedication, however as Andrew Hunter demonstrates, the reward of the shimmering floor it leaves is properly price it.

Query 2:

From WoodyHG:
Do you will have any first hand expertise on how wood smoothing planes (Krenovian or Japanese Kanna’s) examine to steel physique planes? I’ve heard the bodily suggestions is sort of completely different and have been tempted by these ridiculously skinny shavings from the Japanese planes seen on YouTube. I do know Ron Hock sells aircraft kits a la Krenov however I’m wondering if the efficiency is decided much less by the physique and extra by the blade. Do you see any advantages in use of a wood aircraft over steel ones? Is there a giant floor high quality distinction between Krenov planes and Japanese ones? Lastly, for those who may get Andrew Hunter to chime in, what may be one of the best starter Japanese smoothing aircraft that might decrease frustration assuming I’m prepared to discover ways to tune and set the blade?

Japanese Handplanes

Establishing a Japanese handplane

A how-to information for establishing and utilizing these rewarding hand instruments.

tapping out Japanese plane blade

‘Faucet Out’ a Japanese Aircraft Blade

By way of repeated sharpening of the bevel, the entrance flat on the again of a Japanese aircraft blade will start to vanish. The answer is to faucet the layer of sentimental metal above the leading edge to press the laborious metal downward barely.



Query 3:

From Joe
Simply questioning for those who may touch upon one thing I’ve noticed. It looks like whenever you watch a video of a western aircraft vs a Japanese aircraft it at all times appears that it takes extra power to make use of a western aircraft and it appears extra “aggressive” than a Japanese aircraft. Any ideas on this? Perhaps it’s simply my creativeness.


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