344 The Plow Plane

***Originally posted January 17, 2009***
The small plow plane from Veritas has quickly made it's way to the top of my list of "favorite tools".

It's so easy to use, and like a good "speciality" tool should do, it does its job extremely well. So well in fact I've actually wasted time debating whether I should or shouldn't use it in place of a stacked dado blade or a straight cutting bit on a couple of projects recently!

For those of you not familiar with a plow plane or what it does. A plow plane is used solely for the purpose of cutting grooves along the length of a board (with the long grain). You can cut them on the face or on the edge of a board and as I'll demonstrate you can even cut them on the ends of a board.

Typically you won't use a plow plane to cut a dado across the width of a board. The lack of a nicker to score the wood fibers will result in a horribly torn out surface. Of course as I demonstrate today, there are ways around that.

Warning! The sound dips a little in the beginning...playing with a new mic!

See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THZJn3ijxE8

Prior to you begin a plow plane working task, aside from your wood working strategies you need a basic device set to get you began. Wood functioning as a hobby is something you can delight in starting with something rather basic such as a basic coffee table and afterwards progressing in time as you develop your abilities to more complicated tasks. Timber functioning strategies can range from easy to complicated most of which can be constructed with a basic collection of hand tools as long as you have someplace to function, a bench to service and even just a number of saw equines.

You can construct your device collection over time but to start with the minimum you will certainly require will consist of saws, blades, a club, hammer, various screwdrivers, a drill, drill little bits, a good measuring tape, rulers, woodworker's square, various clamps, pencils, a great hand aircraft, selection of sandpaper as well as an excellent timber adhesive. There is a wide range of tools that you could use however you definitely do not need all of them to begin with.

Let's talk a little about saws - exactly what type of saw do you need?

When it comes to saws, maintain it straightforward, there are so many different kinds of saw however a general-purpose handsaw and an excellent tenon saw in many instances will be enough to obtain you going. The thicker the wood you have to reduce, the bigger the diameter saw you require and of training course, the weight of the saw raises with the diameter making them more challenging to handle.

There are likewise various blades that can be fitted to round saws, depending on the product you are cutting and just how fine you need the cut. Round saws specifically can be extremely hazardous and are the source of many accidents so if you are considering using one I would certainly suggest you get one with a constructed in clutch so that if the blade jams the clutch stops the saw throwing itself out of the work item. If the blade guard isn't really working appropriately, as well as NEVER EVER make use of one.

If you are planning on using electrical devices specifically saws after that you require to have proper safety and security equipment such as ear mufflers and also security glasses or safety glasses to safeguard your ears as well as eyes. Safety is extremely important when making use of wood working devices as the bulk of the devices you will certainly make use of have a cutting objective and sadly, crashes do take place.

As you develop your abilities you could either attract your own timber functioning strategies or customize others to match your project. Keep your timber working devices clean and also sharp.


Before you begin a plow plane functioning job, apart from your wood functioning plans you require a standard device set to get you started. Wood working as a hobby is something you could appreciate starting with something rather standard such as a basic coffee table and also after that advancing over time as you develop your skills to more intricate jobs. Wood working strategies can range from straightforward to intricate many of which can be developed with a fundamental set of hand devices as long as you have someplace to function, a bench to work on or also just a pair of saw horses.

Keep your wood working devices sharp and clean.
***Originally posted January 17, 2009***The small plow plane from Veritas has quickly made it's way to the top of my list of "favorite tools".It's so easy to use, and like a good "speciality" tool should do, it does its job extremely well. So well in fact I've actually wasted time debating whether I should or shouldn't use it in place of a st...