Jointing, the process of cleaning up and straightening an edge, isn’t restricted to jointers. You can also do this with hand tools. Joining small pieces of wood can be a challenge. When you’re working with small pieces a block plane works great for jointing and chamfering edges.
When you’re thinking about using a hand plane on a piece of wood, you’re probably planning on clamping the wood in a vise and passing the plane over it. Let’s flip things around a little. Clamp the plane in a vise, and take the material to the tool. On small parts, this is a MUCH easier approach. Before securing the plane in the vise, do a test cut or two to make sure your depth of cut is correct on the plane. Once it’s in the vise, it’s nearly impossible to get to the adjustment knobs and levers.
Edge and corner treatments
Once you’ve got the plane secured in your vise you can use it in much the same way you’d use a jointer; simply pass your material over the sole of the plane. You can clean up an edge, chamfer the corners, even round the corners by pivoting through the passes. Give it a try. You’ll find this is an easy way to joint small parts.
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