Sharp jack plane makes easier work
wooden jack plane

Tonight I was surfacing yellow pine. I started by sharpening my coarsest plane, the jack. Using the sharp plane reminded of the conventional wisdom, “a jack plane doesn’t have to be that sharp.” I disagree.

A dull jack plane will take shavings. It will take big, thick shavings. However, a sharp plane is much less work.

You can ride a bike with low tire pressure. The bike will roll. But it is so much work! Pump up the tires and you sail.

Next time you are doing stock preparation, take a few minutes and sharpen your jack plane. Make it cut paper. Is the plane easier to use?

Do not fear sharpening. Hand tools work better sharp.

Daddy,  Can We Play in the Workshop?

If hand tool woodworking is your passion, you may enjoy my children's book, Daddy, Can We Play in the Workshop?