Japanese Block Plane and Chisel Set-Up & Use


This class is an introduction to Japanese woodworking tools. A high quality block plane with a laminated blade and a chisel with a laminated blade are great additions to any woodworkers set of tools.  While many “convert” to Japanese tools after using them,  this class will provide experience with great tools and new skills regardless how much a student chooses to adopt the Japanese tools. This two day intensive will focus on sharpening and setting up a new Japanese chisel and block plane.  It will include:

  • Making the subtle adjustments required to fit the plane blade to its wooden dai (block)
  • Conditioning the sole of the dai
  • Practice using Japanese waterstones specifically with the blades for these tools
  • Techniques to flatten the backs of chisel and plane blade
  • Preparing and “mushrooming” chisel handles

Students will also receive instruction and have opportunity to practice proper planing technique.




Sharpening with Japanese Waterstones Introduction


  • Japanese 48mm block plane. The recommended options for students sell for $125-195.
  • Japanese chisel is required. The 12mm is recommended and options sell for $43-120.
  • A list of additional useful tools for the class will be provided to interested students.

Contact Mokuchi to purchase tools. Mokuchi is a Japanese tool retailer and can provide guidance on obtaining tools and a student discount.


$310 for instruction

# of Students

4-6 maximum


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