- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (1 May 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0946819327
- ISBN-13: 978-0946819324
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Making and Modifying Woodworking Tools Paperback – 1 May 1993
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In this book, the designs of the best classic woodworking tools are examined, and ways to improve their performance by modification are explored in detail. Every stage of modification from turning to heat treatment is shown, as are safety and work techniques.
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Many of the sections involve metalwork and details of the procedures are given together with lots of useful advice for this, possibly, unfamiliar area.
Even if you don't think you want to modify or maunfacture any of your tools I think you will do so after reading this book. You might also get depressed about how various manufactures (did I say Stanley) have cheapened there planes over the years.
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I am a plane addict. Since I started on the slippery slope with a cheap Grizzly block plane, I've found myself aquiring and lusting for all manner of hand planes including a 200 year old Marples woodie, a mujifeng smoother, and some model maker planes.
For a while, I seriously lusted after infill planes (still do).
This book is the only one of it's type on making infill planes (that I'm aware of). However, there is much information on the internet on how to make them now. There are far more practical sources of information on hand plane making including Bill Carter's webpage, Sawmill Creek, and Ron Brese (who has an excellent plane kit).
Personally, I'd recommend skipping this book, and just getting a kit.
If you are interested in making Krenov style wooden planes I would highly recommend "Making and Mastering Wood Planes" by David Finck. Finck also has supporting videos on youtube. If you have an interest in molding planes then you will want to find Tod Herrli's excellent video on making hollows and rounds. Both of these give step by step detailed instruction leaving no guesswork.