JTA's Plane Tips

Tuning Japanese Planes - Part 5 of 5 - Fitting the Chipbreaker

Oct 6, '21

The last part (for the moment) in our Japanese plane tuning series! In this video, we get back on the sharpening equipment to tune and fit the chipbreaker. Lap the Back Yep, this again. Just as our plane blade needed a nicely lapped and finish back, so does our chipbreaker....

Tuning Japanese Planes - Part 4 of 5 - Tuning the Sole

Oct 6, '21

The blade is sharp and set, and it is time to take control of the sole!  Establish Your Contact Patches The plane will need a contact patch both at the front of the block and at the mouth. This pair is all that is required of a smoothing plane, while...

Tuning Japanese Planes - Part 3 of 5 - Fitting the Blade to the Block

Oct 6, '21

Once our blade is beautifully sharp, the next job is to fit it to the block (dai). We want to arrive at a fit that requires firm hammer hits to seat the blade. Once the blade is seated we want it to stay where we put it, so a firm...

Tuning Japanese Planes - Part 2 of 5 - Sharpening the Bevel

Oct 6, '21

With the back of our plane's blade lapped flat, it is time to turn our attention to the fun side - the bevel. If you have sharpened any plane blade before, you will be familiar with the principles at play here.  Bringing the Cutting Edge Back to Flat Japanese plane...

Tuning Japanese Planes - Part 1 of 5 - Lapping the Back of the Blade

Oct 6, '21

Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a Japanese plane, and guess what - it's not doing ANYTHING straight out of the box! Gosh dang and darn it! Fear not! Japanese planes require tuning and fettling to get them going form new, and will continue to require attention throughout their...