Traditional Plane Wedge

I would like to discuss plane wedges and purchasing planes a little bit. I have over the last few years visited most all the antique shops and second hand stores within 200 miles of my house.  I get a lot online as well but that is always a gamble. I take great time in selecting the items I purchase. Most of the time the plane is way out of the price range it should be in. If it is not it will generally have a few problems. Wedges and irons will swapped out to make a Frankin plane.
Plow Plane

One of my YouTube friends has had some questions about wedge construction. Because of  the need to replace a few I have had to take a close look at the way they work. Because I am a visual person and have problems expressing what I need to say in written form, I choose to make videos on the process.

Plow plane in action

Sorry for any inconsistency in the video. Please ask questions!

Wood PlanesAnd thank you for your time. Comment, like, + or tweet my page.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

8 Responses to Traditional Plane Wedge

  1. Hi David,

    Interesting blog you’ve got. I particularly like your tone, which comes across in your writing and your presentation.


  2. David Bardin says:

    I am glad you enjoyed it Roger. Thanks fer viewing

  3. roger says:

    I too appreciate you sharing your knowledge about planes and their uses. Gr8 stuff.

  4. JL7 says:

    Great information Dave……your collection is growing and looking mighty impressive. I appreciate the way you’ve jumped in and figured all this stuff out…..Few people these days have the patience necessary to make these classics work…….good for you!

  5. Ted Weddell says:

    What’s this, am I really the first to comment? Where is everybody? Excellent article Dave, and the video too. I never really considered the technical aspects of a wooden plane wedge before seeing this. Not having any wooden planes myself (though you’re getting me wanting a few), I’ve always assumed they’re just a simple wedge that if it fits right you’re good to go. The tips here will come in handy when I start shopping around for my first wooden planes.

    You seemed to be grasping at what makes wooden planes special. Without even owning any, I think I can point out a couple of good reasons. First would be the feel of a wood tool gliding across the wood piece you’re working on. Second would be the way they feel in the hand, compared to cold steel – after all, woodworkers like wood. And third is that you can make your own wooden planes, should you feel inclined.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing the useful info. I’m keeping my eye on craigs list and ebay for a couple of wooden planes to get me started. The tips I get from this and your other posts really help in giving me an idea what to look for, and what to watch out for.

    • David Bardin says:

      Ahh Ted you hit the nail on the head.
      The big one, make your own. That in itself is amazing. Shop made tools that turn out shavings.
      And when you look at a plain, every angle, length and width are for a reason. It needs to be able to produce a shaving, pick it up and ex-spell it.
      There is no other felling like wood on wood. You can plain by feel and sound.
      Good luck on your search. There are a lot of really good dealers out there but I try to keep my price range between 20 and 40 dollars.

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