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  • AW Extra 8/16/12 - Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades I’ve tried several different shop-made jigs for sharpening my jointer and planer knives but this one has proved the simplest to use and make. When making this sharpening jig it’s important to make...
  • Choosing Hand Planes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 18, 2012
    Choosing Hand Planes Match the size to the job — that's the key Hand planes come in a bewildering variety of sizes. Why are there so many? I’ll help explain this mystery by dividing the field into four groups, in order of size: block planes...
  • Joint Rough Lumber with a Planer

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, February 15, 2013
    Joint Rough Lumber with a Planer I came across some wonderful oak boards for a small table I wanted to build. The problem was the boards were too wide for my jointer and I didn't want to rip them any narrower. I solved my dilemma with this planer...
  • Q & A: Salvaging a Rusty Plane Iron

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    Q & A: Salvaging a Rusty Plane Iron Q: I’ve got an old plane that my grandfather left me. I’d like to use it, but its cutting iron is really rusty. Do I need to buy a new one? A: Don’t throw away that iron yet. Flattening the back...
  • AW Extra 7/25/13 - Precision Planing Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Precision Planing Jig Achieving exact thickness is really important when making splines to reinforce box corners. The splines have to fit perfectly in the saw kerfs—a few thousandths of an inch one way or the other can make a big difference. I cut...
  • Q & A: What’s the Deal with Combination Planer/Molders?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Q & A: What’s the Deal with Combination Planer/Molders? Q: I’m shopping for a planer, and am also planning to do a bunch of trim work in my house: crown moldings, door casings, and the like. I’m intrigued by the planers that also...
  • Q & A: Planer or Small Drum Sander?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 7, 2013
    Q & A: Planer or Small Drum Sander? Q: I’d like to try using more rough lumber, but I’m not sure whether to choose a portable planer at around four bills, or a drum belt sander at around eight.What insight can you offer to help me make...
  • AW Extra 8/2/12 - Jointing with a Planer

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Jointing with a Planer I came across some wonderful oak boards for a small table I wanted to build. The problem was the boards were too wide for my jointer and I didn't want to rip them any narrower. I solved my dilemma with this planer sled that...