CLEARING A SPACE
To get to work on your handplane, it is a good idea to clear a space on a workbench or table. You will be generating sawdust and sanding dust, so make sure you’re able to clear up easily or, if the weather permits and you have access to some outdoor space, you mind find it enjoyable to do outside.
We will be doing most of the work on your handplane with the top side facing down and the underside (with the pencil drawn templates) facing up. To hold the handplane in place whilst you are using the saw or rasp, you will find it useful to hold the handplane securely in place using a couple of clamps. If you have bought one of our tool kits, you’ll find two just like the ones we use in the workshop.
I always find it easiest to work from the corner of a table/workbench so you can hang part of the handplane off the corner for easier cutting and rasping. Hopefully minimising the risk of damage to your table.
The handplanes can mark easily, so make sure the surface you are working on is smooth and clear of any dust or lumps. It is worth constantly checking this throughout the making.
Towards the end, when we get into the sanding, you may find it helpful to lay a cloth on the table to reduce the risk of picking up any marks or dents although I often find that by this point I will stop using the clamps and will hold the handplane in my hands to sand it.
Throughout the making, it may be worth reminding yourself that you can always take more wood off, but it is much more difficult to add it back on. So take it steady, enjoy the process and know that there is now ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do it.