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Making and Mastering Wood Planes [Paperback]

James Krenov , David Finck
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Book Description

17 Aug 2005
The classic guide by master woodworker David Finck is back and better than ever, with all-new colour photography. It's the best book ever on this popular tool-and it features a foreword by the celebrated woodworker James Krenov. Small and extremely comfortable to use, wooden hand planes bring machined surfaces to an alluring, silky smoothness-but they can't be bought anywhere. Fortunately, this meticulously complete, photo-packed guide is like two volumes in one, teaching you how to make a classic plane yourself (it takes only a day or so) and how to use it in a refined manner. One of the most respected woodworkers around digs deeply into the art of crafting and working with this personalized tool, helping even the most uninitiated with dozens of detailed boxed sidebars on the basics. Every step in the construction process receives extremely close attention: preparing the plane blank, bandsaw pointers, drift angle, tension, tuning and using hand tools, sharpening with ease speed, and reliability, cross pin location, and gluing up. Handle the plane well to get a good stroke going; and take a look at invaluable planning aids and special techniques. There's no other manual on the market to match this woodworking masterpiece..

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Revised edition edition (17 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140272022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402720222
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Serves as an elegant framework for teaching many of the fundamentals of fine woodworking." - Woodshop News"

About the Author

David Finck comes from a long line of ardent woodworkers, and he continues the tradition, designing and building fine furniture, as well as acoustic guitars. He has also written Practical Planning for Sterling

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4.0 out of 5 stars detailed 23 Mar 2012
By ow
this is a very good detailed book on the subject, includes sections on making an adjusting hammer, planing wood and a host of other things. the pictures and drawings are clear and informative. it may be that the book has to much information and causes one to stall. may be worth trying fine woodworking working with handplanes which contains a number of artices on a number of different scrapers and a krenov style wood plane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Finck is a great teacher 6 Nov 2005
By H. James - Published on Amazon.com
This would be the first book that I would recommend to somebody who was interested in hand woodworking tools.A tremendous book, buy it even if you just want to use a plane not build one. I have numerous planes that I have bought and some that my father had made. I thought I knew what I was doing before I got this book. In a couple of nights I had all my planes tuned up properly and sharpened correctly and the difference was astounding. The ability to teach using text and pictures is rare, David Finck has it in spades. This book is filled with information on using the tools to build a plane as well as how to build the plane itself. I join with the other reviewers, I can not recommend this book to highly.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A course in fine woodworking in one spectacular book! 16 Aug 2005
By C. Cerney - Published on Amazon.com
I was very happy to see that this book is back in print! I have had a copy for a few years now, and am continually amazed at how much information it includes. It truly is a treasure, and

one of the best books on planes and planemaking-

indeed one of the best books about woodworking that I've ever

seen. David shares his consummate skill in woodworking, obvious care and attention to detail with the reader throughout. He is a great writer, and literally helps the reader with every step of making a plane. The author even includes how to quickly and effectively tune the power and hand tools used in plane making to ensure that the finished product will be an instrument capable of superlative results. He then proceeds to coach the reader in how to achieve these results while using the plane. I can't recommend the book highly enough; it is one of the greatest woodworking books available today. From sharpening, shop tips, blademaking, wood technology, to the making and improving of many shop tools, jigs and more, this book is a complete course in the creating and mastering of one(and several other) of the most important woodworking tools in the shop. You will absolutely become a better woodworker if you read this book- the author truly is a master!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change the way you think about woodworking. 15 Sep 2005
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to be a frustrated woodworker because I didn't have the room for a shop full of power tools. I took evening shop courses at the local community college where I could work for a small tuition fee. We shared the shop with students who were studying fine furniture building. Guess what I learned? Big plywood boxes are usually built using power tools, but the products of fine woodworking, including furniture and musical instruments are built with hand tools. You can be happier and do better work in a small shop using hand tools. Perhaps the the most important signature tool in your toolbox is your handplane. This book will teach you everything you need to know to build a better tool than you can buy. You can build planes for any special purpose. This book will change the way you think about woodworking.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars!! 14 Dec 2005
By Steven Samuel - Published on Amazon.com
A great step-by-step book, not only how to make planes, but how to tune and use the planes you make, and the planes you already own. Much better than any other book I own or have seen.

I would only recommend one thing as even better: Taking a plane-making course in person with the author. A great guy and a masterful woodworking teacher!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for! 10 Jan 2007
By M. L Strickland - Published on Amazon.com
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I love wooden planes and have several old ones that I have bought at garage sales. I am very interested in building my own wooden hand planes.

I have several articles that I have downloaded or found in books on making tools that use the same building technique as in this book, which is using a bandsaw to cut cheeks off of the sides of the center section rather than trying to cut the opening using a chisel. These articles gave me the basic technique but I wanted something with more detail to help me do a precise job.

This book is very detailed and offers the instruction needed to build very high quality planes. It even has instruction on building the special tools needed to fine tune and adjust the plane design as well as instruction on grinding and sharpening the plane iron.

The book does not give specific dimensions and drawings but rather takes the approach of giving you the information you need to design and build any plane you want.

Just what I needed!
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