How to Adjust a Hand Plane

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To adjust a hand plane you may have to reposition the blade's cutting depth or turn the threaded knob that sets the opening for the chips to exit the plane. Get expert tips from a professional remodeler in this free video of professional home help tips.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. Today, we're going to talk about how to adjust a hand plane. A hand plane is a great tool to have around for smoothing or adjusting cuts you've made already. Once a plane is square on the sole, flat, you've grounded down on a piece of glass, you, your blade is nice and sharp; you, you get that ironed to a nice hone edge, the adjustments you have to worry about on your day to day usage really have to do with the opening of the throat or the frog; that's what let shavings pass through the plane; the depth of the blade or the depth of the cut you're making and the angle of the blade. Here's a block plane. This is your chip breaker and your plane iron. Place the iron down into the body of the plane and the chip breaker holds it in place. You set the blade square manually on this one. So, once you hold the square, you just click that over and that'll hold them tight. This knot back here will push the, the blade out so you can set your depth of cut. You don't want to take too much material off. Just go for a nice thin shavings. I can just barely feel the blade coming out. Here's another type of plane. This one, instead of a lever to hold the chip breaker in place, it has a threaded knob and it has an adjustable frog or in other words, this sets the opening where the chips can come up through the plane. Thanks for watching. My name is Chris Palmer. That's how you adjust your hand plane.

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