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What is Carpenter’s Plane in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Uses

What is Carpenter’s Plane in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and Uses

Carpentry
Also known as the hand plane, the carpenter’s plane in Tagalog is called “katam.” It is used to remove rough edges, level uneven surfaces, and create a smooth finish on the wood. Carpenters push or pull the plane across the wood's surface as the blade shaves off thin layers of wood. They usually use this versatile tool after sawing and before nailing. The origin of the carpenter’s plane is unknown but it is believed to have existed over 2,000 years ago. Historians assume that ancient Egyptians used a stone with sand as an abrasive to smooth the surface of the wood. Nonetheless, the first hand plane was probably similar to a chisel-like tool placed in a wooden block but there is no historical proof.  Meanwhile, the earliest known carpenter’s planes were discovered in Pompeii and d...