Understanding Hand Planes in Woodworking
This class will cover everything a woodworker needs to know to get comfortable in the world of hand planes, particularly as they pertain to fine furniture making.
Hand planes can bring your work to a new level of precision and finish, but most woodworkers have little to no experience with a properly tuned bench plane. We will be discussing the various styles of planes, how they differ, and how they function. We will also discuss how to properly setup and trouble shoot a plane so that it works to its maximum potential.
The lecture will include demonstrations of proper planing technique and methodologies, turning rough lumber to flat, square, dimensioned boards. After the lecture, students will have time to try these tools themselves to feel what a proper plane can do. Tools to test will include vintage Stanley planes, premium Lie-Nielsen planes, and more.
Who is this class for?
Beginner to intermediate woodworkers interested in hand tool and the precision they offer.
What skills will be taught?
- How to select the right plane for the task at hand.
- How to setup that plane for optimum performance.
- How to use that plane to create flat, square surfaces from a piece of rough lumber.
- A chance to use properly tuned hand planes for themselves.
Hi everyone I'm Aaron Moore. I'm a mechanical engineer by day, woodworker by night, and partner of Walke Moore Tools, a start-up hand tool company focused on delivering high-quality hand tools to woodworkers.
In my shop at home, I do have the fundamental power tools most woodworkers use, but 90% of my work is done by hand. I have been using hand tools for about 7 years and find them to be not only faster than power tools in many situations, but far more precise, safe, and create a finer finished surface than any power tool.
When & Where
The Rochester Makerspace is a nonprofit community workshop and art studio located near downtown at 850 St. Paul Street. We're here to encourage learning, creativity and collaboration by providing low-cost and free access to sophisticated tools, offering a wide variety of classes, and by providing opportunities for “makers,” artists and craftspersons of all kinds to meet and interact with each other.
In addition to the classes and events listed on this page we also invite to attend the following activities, which do not require registration or a ticket:
Every Thursday Night from 6 to 9:30 PM - Weekly Community Night & Open House.
You are invited to come and use the Rochester Makerspace for free. Bring something to make or work on, help with a group project, or just come to meet other "makers" and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers can not use our wood or machine shops because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 6:30 until 9:00 PM - Rochester Stained Glass Meetup
Learn how to work with stained glass or bring a project to work on if you already know how. We have lots of tools and grinders and enough supplies to teach you the basics. We also usually have an instructor. Free.
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 9:30 PM - Microcontrollers & Robotics Meetup
Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don't need to be a member. We'll help you by sharing our knowledge and experience.
A family membership currently costs $40 per month and it gives you access to these tools and other tools every day from 8 AM to 10 PM.
A woodworking shop with a new SawStop professional cabinet table saw, a new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw, a Jet 6-inch planer, a Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
Two Solidoodle 3D printers.
An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
A Computer Lab
Stained glass grinders and tools
Bike Repair Station
Workspace and work tables