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Learn how to set up the sole of a jack plane and get professional tips and advice from an expert carpenter on using tools for rough finishing and smoothing edges of wood in this free woodworking video. Expert: teacherjon Bio: Jon holds a Bachelors of Science in Education and Human Sciences degree, with an endorsement in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Filmmaker: Jon Olson
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8 Responses to “How to Use a Jack Plane : Setting Up the Sole of a Jack Plane”

  1. Aleksh59 says:

    @ temple, the flatness of the table saw surface will suffer, Do this long enough and you’ll create an iron bowl.

  2. tinyteske says:

    Jk u suck

  3. temple26797 says:

    How about putting grinding compound on the table saw surface and use that for grinding? :>)

  4. ByrneMatthew says:

    Yes, I guess you’re right, I’m a long way from perfection with my woodwork, so I’m always keen to improve my technique.

  5. murrmac says:

    I may well do just that.

    I am not saying you won’t get satisfactory results, but you won’t get a perfectly flat plane sole because of the fact that the abrasive invariably cuts more at the perimeter of the sole than at the center.

    as I say, perfection is only achievable using a surface plate and a engineer’s scraper, but do we really need perfection ?

    satisfactory is probably good enough most of the time …

  6. ByrneMatthew says:

    I’ve had good results using this technique.

    @murrmac If the process is taking too long then use a coarse grit paper. Also, it would be fascinating to see a video of your method – if you do get round to posting a video, please message me.


  7. murrmac says:

    this is all very well in theory but in practice it doesn’t work.

    firstly, it takes forever, and secondly you don’t actually get a truly flat sole doing it this way, no matter how flat the surface is umnderneath the sandper, the sole always ends up being very slightly convex.

    the only way to get a plane sole absolutely true is by using a surface plate, marking blue, and an engineer’s scraper, (preferably tungsten carbide ),

    it is quite a skilled operation but not impossibly so …

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