Making and Using Wooden Planes

Making and Using Wooden Planes


Make a Krenov-Style Wooden Plane

Instructor - Craig Vandall Stevens

  • September 29 - 30, 2018  9 am - 4 pm (weekend)

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. The plane body will be of 12/4 hard maple with a thick, high quality 1-3/4” blade assembly, specifically for Krenov-style wooden planes from Hock Tools. For those that have taken this class before with Craig, this is an opportunity to build a different size or specialty plane. An excellent class, not to be missed.

Cost includes all materials. Students provide their own lunch.

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PFW has a wide assortment of tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW recommends purchasing tools from Tools for Working WoodLee Valley/VeritasHida Tool and Hock Tools