I really liked the Frank Klausz video on tuning up your tools. Found it at
Woodcraft. He does chisels, saws, and hand planes. Watching somebody do
this stuff is a thousand times better than reading an article or seeing
pictures. After watching him tune up and use that old fleamarket plane, I
went back to the articles and websites, and got a lot more of them because
I had a better frame of reference.
Incidentally, he does mention in that video that he used to use glass as
part of his tuneup, like for trueing a plane sole, but then he put a
straightedge to the glass pane and found it wasn't flat, so he uses a piece
of melamine now. And he set the teeth on a dovetail saw with a little
Basically you lap the sole of the plane flat, then lap the sides square to
the sole. Then you need to make sure the blade sits flat against the frog
(?) and a few other tweaks.
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