Pros and Cons of Using a Block Plane on a Replacement Door

When installing a replacement door, you may be considering whether to use a block plane. There are distinct pros and cons to using a block plane for corrections on replacement doors. A block plane is a woodworking hand tool that allows the user to easily shave off a very thin layer of wood. The tool is quite easy to use, and its small size and maneuverability make it popular in today’s woodshop.

Pros of Block Planes

Block planes are a useful tool for minor woodworking adjustments. You can use this handy tool to smooth away machine marks, create a silky smooth finish on wood, and true up and level a piece of wood or wood object. When using a block plane to level or repair a door, you can easily make small adjustments to correct a binding or sticking door. You can utilize this tool to correct a replacement door so that it easily aligns into position and operates without sticking and binding.

Cons of Block Planes

Due to the size, maneuverability and efficiency of block planes, these tools should be used carefully and sparingly. Too often woodworkers rush to correct an issue with a block plane without exercising caution and over-adjust their correction. This tool has a very sharp edge and quickly shaves away strips of wood. Because of the efficiency of this tool, the user needs to be cautious and work slowly to prevent over-adjustments in the wood.