David Thiel talks with Sandor Nagyszalanczy, author of Tools: Rare and Ingenious, and cabinetmaker Patrick Huggins about the proper use of these beautiful handmade Japanese tools.
More in Home Improvement
Modern metal hand planes familiar to Western woodworkers have cast iron bodies and steel blades. They have a knob that turns to adjust the depth of the cut. Older Western planes were made of wood, with a simple wedge to hold the iron in place.
Japanese hand planes arose from a very different tradition of craftsmanship. For example, a Japanese hand plane is pulled toward the user to cut, while Western planes cut on the push stroke. Cutting on the pull stroke allows the user more control during the cut.
Installing Carpet on Stairs (05:24)
Top 10 Weekend Projects (20:00)
Easy Pillow Covers (00:00:23)
Brick Veneer Wall (00:60)
Kitchen Island Project (03:09)
Basic Box Building (02:01)
Living-Room Fireplace Rebirth (00:03:06)
Installing a Privacy Fence (01:00)
Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield (01:43)
Floating Storage Shelves (00:03:48)
Small Bathrooms That Pack a Punch 22 Photos
Bathtastic! Sinks 23 Photos
Girl's Art Studio Bathroom 6 Photos
Ways to Declutter and Stay Organized 11 Photos
15 Easy-to-Make DIY Headboard Projects 15 Photos
© 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.