Reply To: What 2 hand planes to start with.

Tom Wright

Hi John,
Just off to work but watched your videos of the new plane performing. Nice work getting the plane going!
Those are about the width of the shavings I take with my #4 at the moment as well.
I see that your shavings are thin, but in time can get thinner when you wish to do final smoothing.
I vary both shaving width and shaving thickness based on the work.
You see Paul increasing his blade protrusion to hog off material, then dialing it back to smooth out.
Well done, and what a satisfying thing to be able to accomplish. You are off to the races with a fine Heirloom quality #4.