Discover how to shop for and tune up woodworking hand planes. From block planes to bench planes and specialty planes, you'll learn how to get the most out of these classic woodworking tools.
Because they look different than steel-body Western planes, Japanese hand planes (kanna) may seem like primitive mystery tools used only by esoteric craftsmen.
Often the first hand tool many woodworkers learn to use, a block plane helps you clean up an edge or trim a part to fit in no time flat.
Hand planes remove excess material and shape wood without creating a great deal of noise or dust.