ROB COSMAN’S

HAND PLANE R E V I V A L

T H E

G R E A T

Bench-side instruction on tuning, sharpening and using your grandfather’s old plane!

2 ROB COSMAN www. a great craftsman and excellent teacher. Not only was I fascinated with wood but my quest for perfection nearly drove my father crazy. I feel honored to be able to pass these on to you and I bid you to do the same. I knew them both and had the opportunity to work with“Gramp”. David’s woodworking precision is legendary! I spent several years as an assistant to Dr Dale L.robcosman. I hope thru this DVD you come to enjoy the most pleasurable woodworking process there is.003-. All the best. During my boyhood I was always building something. On my mothers side my grandfather and great grandfather were both carpenters. During my formal training I had the good fortune of working for a short time with Munroe Robinson.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL ROB COSMAN’S HAND PLANE R E V I V A L I have been working wood since my early childhood. The next generation of woodworkers depends on it. Nish.com ROB COSMAN 3 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL . My father was an industrial arts teacher turned carpenter so woodworking was definitely in my blood. • Distribute the pressure with several fingers across the edge. • Remove all the parts from the frog. it was Dale who taught me the foundation of true craftsmanship.004. I also had the advantage of meeting and befriending David Charlesworth. without this my career would not have been the same. Munroe gave me a great understanding of hand planning and instilled in me the quest for the perfectly sharpened edge. from boats to gun handles and from go-carts to wooden bowls.com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www. David introduced me to what I believe is the smartest technique I have ever learned about sharpening. What I teach you in this DVD is a collection of techniques I have learned from these and other great craftsman. Family first Rob Cosman T H E G R E A T • Flatten the underside leading edge of the lever cap. • On a flat surface verify the sole is within .robcosman. hand planning. be sure to have the iron retracted and under cutting pressure.

robcosman. • Flatten the face of the frog.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL • Knock out the pivot pin to remove the yoke. • Remove the captive tab. • The lateral adjustment lever needs to come off to true the face of the frog • The three contact surfaces need to be trued. • File the head of the lateral adjustment pivot pin. start with the large one at the rear.com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www. 4 ROB COSMAN www.com ROB COSMAN 5 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL .robcosman.

com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www. check after each stroke. • Using the sand paper on the frog contact points. • Front contact points are best done by pulling the frog towards you. carefully sand the mating surfaces on the plane body. • Front points done.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL • Carefully flatten the rear contact point of the frog by moving it side to side along the edge of your reference surface. 6 ROB COSMAN www. • Adhere sand paper to the three contact points and trim the excess.robcosman.com ROB COSMAN 7 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL .robcosman. • These front contact points are done.

• • Use tape to mark the amount needed to file. Keep the blade retracted. Keep the filed surface perpendicular to the sole or slightly angled toward the front knob.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL • • Reassemble the plane. • Fine tune the throat opening to be parallel to the blade.robcosman.robcosman. The plane needs to be under normal lever cap tension when its flattened. 8 ROB COSMAN www.com ROB COSMAN 9 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL . • Hold the blade in place to determine how much to open the throat/mouth.com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www.

The“Angle Trainer”can help you to sharpen freehand. try to keep the force centered. • Move the plane forward and back and side to side with moderate downward force.robcosman. Hone the blade at 29 degrees to create the secondary bevel on the 1k stone. • Keep your stones flat with medium grit wet/dry paper on a float glass or granite reference surface.robcosman.com ROB COSMAN 11 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL . • Finish the sole with a 400 grit polish. 10 ROB COSMAN www. remember flat = sharp.com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL • Use the front knob and the rear tote to apply even downward pressure. • • Flatten at least 85% of the sole and all of the critical area forward of mouth.

• The tertiary bevel is created at 31 degrees on 8k stone.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL • Use four fingers on the cutting edge to distribute even pressure. spend about 10 seconds on this stone.com ROB COSMAN 13 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL . • Check for a bur that goes corner to corner to verify the job on the 1k stone is completed.com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www. • Work the tertiary bevel for about 10 seconds.robcosman. • • Secondary bevel.robcosman. 12 ROB COSMAN www. Apply pressure for three seconds on each corner to feather the edges. This helps prevent the blade corners from leaving “plane tracks”.

• Using the lateral adjustment lever set the blade edge parallel to the plane sole. • Turn on your favorite music and relax! 14 ROB COSMAN www.com ROB COSMAN 15 THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL . • Secure the chipbreaker firmly to the blade and about 1/16" back from the cutting edge.THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL THE GREAT HAND PLANE REVIVAL • Hold the steel rule (less than 1 mm thick) flush with the edge of the finish stone. • • The ruler elevates the blade about 1 degree to create a time saving back bevel. Fully retract the blade before you start to plane. Watch where the shaving first appears and make any necessary adjustments with the lateral adjustment lever. The goal is a full width and even thickness shaving. Move the blade back and forth staying within 1/4" of the edge of the 8k stone.robcosman.robcosman. then gradually advance it once the plane is in motion.com The Great Hand Plane Revival The Great Hand Plane Revival www.

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