Making and Mastering Wood Planes Paperback – 1 Jun 2005
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"Serves as an elegant framework for teaching many of the fundamentals of fine woodworking." - Woodshop News"
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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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I had avoided hand planes for many years, and unfortunately it was in error. After having made a few wooden planes, and learning how to adjust them and use them, my opinion on the use of hand planes has completely reversed. Not only are hand planes easy to learn and use, many times they are faster and more efficient at removing a little material here and there than hauling out a power tool or sanding forever to accomplish the same thing. I think I really had to make one myself in order to get myself to use it, and now that I have, the experience has been well worth the small effort up front. My new wooden planes work better than the several old metal planes that have been sitting around the shop forever, and this is primarily because after making the wooden planes I tuned them to work the best that they could. The author explains all of these steps, and there is nothing better than a handmade plane that is perfectly tuned to remove material so thin you can read through it.
If you have no interest in planes and just would like to know how to learn such things as using a band saw, jointer and planer. How to tune your Combination Square, straightedge, block plane and spokeshave. Preparing a grinder, honing stone and workstation. Making a tool rest and truing jig for your grinder just to mention a few of the many useful techniques that any woodworker could use. This book is a gem.
Having put one wooden hand plane together, from a kit, prior to buying this book, I can already see (via a couple quick flip-throughs of the contents, with a bit of more detailed reading, here and there) that this book will absolutely meet my needs for studying this part of the craft. Having previously put one together from a (Hock Tools) kit, I can see that these instructions go even deeper than I have already gone. There's a boatload of helpful information in this book, that will be great for any future plane-making I do. I'm not at all sorry I built my first wooden (block) plane from a kit! Buying both this book and a kit would be a very fast way to get started in this interesting niche in the woodworking hobby world. The book filled in details the kit's instructions didn't; and having pre-made parts in a box, ready to put together and refine, seems like the best of both worlds to me. That was ideal for my first hand-built wooden plane, but I'm really excited about my second plane, or my third one; and learning to make planes for specialized tasks. (I often build scale models and such, rather than "boxy" projects ... so, adaptation will be a good thing, over the long haul!)
When the book arrived, I did an initial flip-through, just to get a sense of the whole. I was deeply impressed at how detailed and helpful, but also fun and inspiring, this book was. I was just as impressed on a second, more detailed overview or skimming.
Going forward, I'm really looking forward to "deep diving" this book -- not just as a one-time passive reading experience, but to actually take me beyond kit assembly, and into the (very enjoyable!) waters of building and using hand planes. I will really enjoy having this book around, as my road map for that journey, as I make another hand plane later on, and then another one, and ...
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