5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Build a Krenov-Style Wood Plane

Making and Using Wooden Planes

Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (day)
Maximum Class Size:  12

Have you experienced the satisfaction and nuance of using a finely tuned, hand made wooden plane? This beautiful and sensitive tool is the heart of many fine cabinetmakers’ work.  Made to comfortably fit one’s hands, wooden planes with their extra-thick blades and fine throat openings, bring an exquisite, vibrant surface to wood. Making your own planes improves the quality of your craftsmanship and extends the range of design possibilities.


Craig draws upon his training under James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods and his many years of making and using these fine tools to guide participants through the construction and proper use of a smoothing plane.  Students will gain a thorough understanding of the mechanics of plane construction. Also discussed will be wooden jointer and shooting planes, round bottom planes for coopering, and smaller, specialty hand made planes.

Special emphasis is placed on sharpening and fine-tuning to get the best performance out of your wooden plane. An excellent class, not to be missed.

Here is the Tools List; it is not very extensive.

Cost:  $475, including lunch and all materials.  The plane body will be of 12/4 hard maple, and the iron and cap iron at 1-3/4” from Hock Tools.

There are three ways to register for this class. 

• One can click on the sign up button. 
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an 
email and we will forward the registration materials. 


  • Weekend of November 4-5, 2017 -- 9 am – 4 pm

The shape of a student's plane is pretty much up to the student.


While the width of the iron is fixed at 1-3/4", the length and shape of the plane to be made has much flexibility.

The final bit of assembly:  the attachment of the 1/8" thick sole. 


Shown here is a jointer plane.  If this is the one you want to build, please be in touch with us before the class.

A plane-making student is opening the throat.  This is the last step before the shaping of the body begins.  A tight throat is the goal of a fine smoothing plane.