Make Your Own Jack Plane

Experience Level: ANY

Instructor: Eric Meyer

Class Size: 10 Students

Sessions: 5 sessions at 1 hour each

This course will be over Zoom

Jack Plane


For many woodworkers it is a goal to one day make their own hand plane but for many of us we don’t know where to start or what to do. This course will walk you through the process so at the end you can accomplish that goal and have a functioning hand plane! 

This course will be structured as a lecture where Eric will provide instruction during each session. Students can then work on their plane between sessions then return to the following session where Eric will take some Q&A and then provide instruction for the next steps. 

Materials Needed

Wood (Length x Width x Thickness)

  • Two pieces that finish at 16″ x 2-3/4″ x 1-1/8″ for the body 
  • One piece that finishes at 6″ x 3-1/2″ x 7/8″ for the tote
  • One piece that finishes at 6″ x 2″ x 3/4″ for the wedge
Note: The wood should be something hard like oak, hard maple, birch, etc. 

Dowels – Optional, but recommended

  • One 3/8″ diameter dowel rod or 3/8″ wooden down pins
  • One 3/4″ diameter dowel rod – this should be made from something hard like oak, hard maple, birch, etc.

Plane Iron

  • One plane iron – 1-3/4″ wide
Note: if you will be using a wider plane iron the thickness of the 16″ x 2-3/4″ pieces will need to be increased. If you will be using a …
  • 1-7/8″ iron increase both pieces to 1-3/16″ thick;
  • 2″ iron increase both pieces to 1-1/4″ thick

Tools Needed*


  • Pencil
  • 12″ Combination Square
  • Sliding Bevel
  • Marking Knife
  • Hand Saw (back saw, ryoba, etc.)
  • Mallet
  • 1/4″ chisel
  • 1/2″ chisel
  • 3/4″ chisel
  • Block Plane
  • Clamps (x5) 
  • Sand Paper
  • Scrap lumber – something soft; like pine
  • *If you have a mental health diagnosis and do not have all of the needed tools, please include that in the “additional comments” section of the application.  

Tools – Optional, but Recommended

  • A way to drill holes (drill press, power drill with a guide, brace and bit, etc.)
  • 3/8″ bit (something with a point; like a brad point or forstner prefered)
  • 3/4″ bit (something with a point; like a brad point or forstner prefered)
  • Marking Gauge (Mortise prefered) 
  • Protractor
  • Saw for cutting curves (coping saw, bow saw, bandsaw, etc.)
  • Hand File with a safe edge

Tools – Optional 

  • 1-2-3 block or square piece of wood
  • Card Scraper
  • Round File
  • Flush Cut Saw
  • Dowel Center Transfer Plugs – 3/8″
  • Sanding Block
  • Eraser

Course Cost*


*Individuals with a documented mental health diagnosis can apply for grant funding to attend this course. Application steps are in the registration form. 


First Session: Friday January 19th, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. EST. 

The following sessions will be every Friday at 7:00 p.m. EST with the last session being February 16th, 2024. 

All sessions will be over Zoom