HTT020 – Wooden Planes vs. Metal Planes

On today’s show, I discuss using multiple tenons on wide table aprons, making cock beading with hand tools, workbench placement in the shop, edge jointing thick stock, and the pros and cons of the different types of hand planes.


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  • Joe is looking for a list of my most used nails and screws that I talked about in episodes 18 and 19. Look for that blog post in the next couple of days.

Listener Questions

  • Matt wants to know the purpose of using multiple wide tenons instead of one long tenon in wide table aprons.
  • Scott wants to know how to make applied bead moldings using hand tools.
  • Scott is curious about bench placement in the shop.
  • Jeremy needs to edge joint some 8/4 oak and is wondering if thick stock is treated any differently than thinner stock.

Main Topic

Today’s main topic was suggested by Ben Ice and Premodern Bloke. They want to know about wooden bench planes and my recent switch from using wooden planes back to using iron planes.

In the show, I referenced the article Separated at Birth? that I co-authored for Popular Woodworking Magazine with my good friend Wilbur Pan. You can download a copy of that article by clicking this link.

I also referenced a video I did on adjusting the mouth of a Stanley style bench plane. You can find that blog post and video here.

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