Benefits of the Hand Plane January 14 2015, 0 Comments

Can you spot the hand plane in this Italian fresco?

For almost 2,000 years the hand plane has been an invaluable tool for craftsmen. Although its exact origins are unknown, the Ancient Egyptians could have been the first civilization to adopt its use. The first hand planes used a rudimentary iron chisel inserted into a block of wood. Today's modern planes have many of the same characteristics of the very first planes, except they are smaller and more sturdy, often utilizing a metal body instead of wood.

One of our artisans using a hand planing on the top of a table

Although many contemporary craftsmen make boards smooth with a power plane, at Patagonia Legacy we create our tables one at a time with a focus on craftsmanship and creating a product that will last for centuries. We believe the hand is an important element in any great piece of furniture. Our focus on handmade furniture makes the hand plane an indispensable tool. It is used to smooth, shape, and straighten every piece of wood. Although power tools like routers, jointers, belt sanders, and power planers do many of the same tasks, none is as satisfying to use. Because the hand plane can trim off a very, very thin slice of wood, no tool is better for shaving the edge off a piece of furniture.