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Japanese Handplanes


February 24th & 25th, 2024 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

This 2 day course is all about Japanese Hand planes. You will learn how to properly set them up, sharpen, tune and use them to create razor thin shavings. As part of this course you will receive your very own brand new Japanese hand plane.

  • Materials are included
  • Japanese hand plane included (55mm)

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Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Time Frame


Name: Japanese Handplanes
Instructor: Andrew Hunter
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None

Format: 2 Day in-person course


February 24th & 25th, 2024


Class Description:

In this Austin School of Furniture Japanese woodworking class you will learn all about what makes Japanese planes (Kanna) so special. What seems like a simple tool, a blade and a block of wood, the Japanese plane (Kanna) is actually a very complex instrument with many subtle qualities. The first challenge most woodworkers face when learning to use a kanna is that they don’t come ready to use out of the box. You are only supplied with great ingredients, and it is up to the user to get the fit between the blade and the block just right.
In this weekend course, the class will work together through each step of the process to bring your new Japanese hand plane into working order. We will cover sharpening and shaping the blade, fitting the blade to the block and profiling its sole for optimal performance. Of course, we will also spend time using your new plane, learning to work with your whole body, not just your arms. The weekend will wrap up by putting our new planes use with a friendly planing contest (kezurou-kai). By the conclusion of this class, each student will take home a fully operational Japanese hand plane and have the know how to keep it working correctly.


Topics and skills covered will include:

  • Brief history or Japanese planes
  • Sharpening
  • Shaping the iron
  • Shaping the block
  • Tuning the plane
  • Hand plane technique


What you’ll need:

The below tools are recommended for this class and beyond. If you do not have these, do not worry. You may borrow them from the Austin School of Furniture tool library.

  • 55mm Japanese Hand Plane (Provided to you as part of this course)
  • Sharp paring chisel between 1/2″ to 1″
  • Narrow chisel 1/8″ (optional)
  • Small hammer for adjusting plane
  • Sharpening stones (optional)
  • PPE
  • Water and snacks



Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

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