My Favorite Block Plane For Guitar Making

My Favorite Block Plane For Guitar Making


One of the questions I get asked all the time
is about which tool should I buy to build guitars? These days there’s a lot of choices
and it can be a little confusing. So today I’m excited to tell you about one of my all
time favorite guitar making tools, Bar none. It’s this small low angle block plane. It
has so many great features that work wonderfully for guitar making and for any kind of woodworking.
There are a lot of reasons why I love this little plane for making guitars. There are
so many things that I would hate to have to do with any tool other than this one. And
if you’ve been looking for the perfect small block plane to use for your guitar making,
You definitely want to check this out. So I’m glad you’re watching this video. So what
I’m going to do is I’m going to show you a clip that that’s taken from one of my online
guitar making courses. It’s called The Art Of Splitting Braces by Hand. And I’ll put
a link somewhere on this page if you want to know more about that course. I’ve got a
video that explains more in depth about what it’s about, why it’s so important, how much
it can help you build better guitars and help you improve your lutherie skills as well.
So look for that if you want to learn more about that.
And so in the clip that I’m going to show you, I’m just going to be going over all the
reasons why because I’ve been telling you I like this. It’s my favorite one, but I haven’t
told you why yet. So that’s what we’re going to take a look at in this next clip.
So the best tool for the job for me is a small block plane like this. This one is my absolute
favorite. This is the Lee Neilson low angle block plane. And it’s just an absolutely amazing
little tool. I love it. I mean I use it for just about everything. It’s one of my most
used tools. It’s held up really well. I mean, you can see this thing’s got some miles on
it. If you go look at what they look like when they’re new, you’ll see how much use
this has gotten. I mean this thing is really worn in, but it’s
held up great. I mean it looks, it’s got some visual aware, but the functionality of it
is absolutely perfect like it was the day I got it. Aside from the really sturdy build
and the great blade and things like that, what I really love is the size and the weight.
It’s just absolutely perfect for carving these tone bars. I use it for headstocks. I use
it for everything. The other thing that’s really special about this particular plane
is that it’s a low angle, so the blade is down on a pretty low angle and so I find that
the combination of the low angle mixed with a technique where I sort of turn it on a little
bit of an angle and sort do a slicing kind of cut on the wood. I can cut through flame
maple and things relatively well, not perfect always, but with less tear out than you can
get with a standard block plane. So if you have the opportunity to get one
of these, I highly recommend it. It’s one of my favorite tools and probably my most,
one of my most highly recommended tools for guitar making. It’s just a real pleasure and
you’ll be able to pass it onto your kids someday. By the way, I’m not endorsed by them or anything,
so just so you know, this is just a plain old, I love it endorsement kind of thing.
So the palm rest is so comfortable too, just love it. And I’m going to demonstrate this
in a second some more, but I just wanted to sort of highlight this because it’s important.
Now you can use a regular block plain like this. I started out with this, which was a
real cheap Stanley one you just buy from regular hardware store and get your blade nice and
sharp and this will take you a long way. There’s a lot you can do with it. No tool is perfect
and they all have idiosyncrasies that have to be overcome. So keep that in mind. If you
can only get in this one for now, do it, master it and learn how to use it. You’ll be that
much more prepared. And get to enjoy this one that much more when you eventually get
this one. By now you probably understand why there’s
wood shavings all over my work bench and it’s a big mess and hopefully you get a little
more insight into why I like this plane so much. It’s important to remember that no tool
is perfect. Th goal is to figure out which tool matches you and your style and helps
you do your best work and brings you joy. Really. I mean, at the end of the day, we
want to have fun making guitars. We want to do our best work, we want to have fun doing
it. And I think sometimes people forget that fun part. So keep that in mind as you check
out this tool or any other tool. I hope you found this video helpful. Just
for fun, I’m going to play the trailer of that course that I took the clip from in case
you want to check that out. It’s a kind of a fun trailer to watch, so hopefully you’ll
stick around and look at that. And that’s it. If you’re not a subscriber of The Art
Of Lutherie YouTube Channel, hit the subscribe button and all that stuff, and thanks for
watching again. See you in the next video. (music).

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