Three New Hand Planes from Garrett Wade

Three New Hand Planes from Garrett Wade

For woodworkers who prefer hand tools, the holidays just arrived a little early. Garrett Wade has introduced three new bench planes – a #4, a #5 and a #7. Founded by Garretson Wade Chinn, the company is a family-owned business that was established in 1975 and is based in Brooklyn, New York and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The new #4 smoothing plane (item 83R02.14, $149) is used for smaller areas and edges and is typically the last type of plane used prior to finishing. It’s 2-3/4″ wide with a 2″ wide iron and it’s 9” long, 5” tall and weighs 4.5 lbs.

The #5 jack plane (item 83R02.15, $180) is 14” long and 2-1/2” wide with a 2” wide iron. This tool is used for wood removal and smoothing of larger areas and broader surfaces, and it features an adjustable mouth. It’s 5-1/2” tall and weighs 5.4 lbs.

And the new #7 jointer plane (item 83R02.18, $237.55) is a full 22” long with a 2-1/2” wide iron. This tool has the extra-long base to better enable leveling of large areas, such as tables and doors. It is 3” wide, 5-1/2” tall and weighs 5.4 lbs.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Garrett Wade has also added a set of three mini-planes (a bullnose, a scraper and a block plane, item 83R02.17, $57) that are perfect for small projects such as models and toy houses, or for getting into hard-to-reach areas. They’re very well made, with hand selected brass, hardwood surfaces, and hardened and tempered blades. The set of three comes in a wooden box to keep them safe and at the ready. The planes are just 3″ long with 1/2″ wide blades.

If you want to know a little more about the basics of hand planes, click HERE and/or HERE for two very short WoodEzine articles that serve as a nice introduction to these wonderful tools.