Plywood Bench Plane

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It’s Get Woodworking Week 2015! This is a great event put on by woodworkers every year to share our passion with others. One of the impediments that many people complain about is the cost of tools. In reality that does not need to be the case, nor does that mean that you need to have poor quality tools. The key is building your own tools. And so last year, I thought the best way that I could help was to show people how to do just that. You can check out my Wooden Hand Screw Clamp video from last year. This year I decided to focus on the step before gluing, which is flattening so I will be demonstrating how to make a 12” bench plane. I will be using only tools and materials that most people will already have around the house for maintenance and providing greater direction than my normal videos. Now it is time to see how plywood can be turned into a fully functional, precision, hand tool.

You can visit Tom Iovino’s website (Tom’s Workbench) for more information on this year’s Get Woodworking Week. So do us all – and yourself a favor – and get woodworking!




  1. Another comment, the position of the dowel is critical to holding the iron in place. Can you give a measurement and position for these holes?

  2. Having trouble getting the iron to stay in the plane while using it. I have sanded the wedge to make full contact with the dowel. Thought that was my problem at first so I corrected that. Any suggestions?

    1. My first thought is that you might not have gotten the crossbar perpendicular. Have you tried putting some chalk or pencil rubbing on the wedge to make sure that you have even contact across the whole of the cross bar?

  3. First thing first – your are one cool monk!

    I am going to give your idea a chance, but i got in my hands japanese plane iron (wich are thicker and shorter then those u used) – do you have any general thumb rules for the adjustment neccesary?

    1. My initial thoughts are to shorten the height of the plane, I would think you’d need at least an inch or two of the blade above the plane. And before you glue the center piece to the two outer pieces make sure the throat is sufficiently wide enough for the shavings to move through to the top of the plane – you’re just gonna have to eyeball it.

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