Introduction to Hand Planes


Introduction to Hand Planes

Experience the joy of taking fine shavings with a hand plane.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 4/20/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 4/20/2024


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Woodworking & Small Boat Studio

General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking


Learn something of the rich world of hand planes in this hands-on class. Though not powered, hand planes  are powerful tools that come in a wide variety, enabling woodworkers to achieve results from flattening and squaring up  boards to fitting joints precisely and preparing wood for beautiful finishes. Handplanes are also fun to use.

In this class, you will learn to:

  • Identify the anatomy of a plane and the purposes of its parts.
  • Set up and adjust a plane to get fine shavings.
  • Take long, continuous through shavings using proper grip, stance and movement.
  • Smooth a surface—ideally to the point where you can go directly to finishing.
  • Square an edge to the face of a board predictably and easily.

The class will also touch on various planes and their uses, safety, and various ancillary tools and aids.


$5 material fee


Class Policies

  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Chris Pribe

Chris Pribe learned some of his woodworking skills as a child and teen from his father, who was a hobbyist woodworker. Chris was inspired to work with handplanes by the books of James Krenov. Chris’s handplane skills are mostly self-taught based on videos and articles by David Charlesworth and others. Chris is retired from a career in technology mostly spent in Silicon Valley.

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