Super Tune a Handplane

A great video for the beginning hand plane user.

A great video for the beginning hand plane user.

Super-Tune a Handplane by Christopher Schwarz is his latest offering from Popular Woodworking videos. If you are new to handplanes or thinking about getting into handplane use in your shop this video is a good place to start.

Schwarz covers all the bases in this 2 hour 36 minute video in depth. He starts at the very beginning with suggestions on where to buy a good user handplane. Schwarz goes on to show you how to cleanup your new acquisition, how to flatten the sole. Sharpening is also thoroughly covered, as is tuning and trouble shooting.

All this material is covered in Schwarz’s inimitable style along with his oft used colloquialisms, such as “wonky”. You will have to watch the video to get the context of that one. Though the video can be a bit dry at times, the information is presented in a lively, interesting manner.

I highly recommend this DVD for anyone contemplating their first handplane purchase or anyone new to handplanes. This tool is an absolute essential in the furniture makers woodshop and this video will help you get started in the right direction.

As always, thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.


Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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