- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hickory Ridge Press; Revised Edition edition (2009)
- ISBN-10: 061527353X
- ISBN-13: 978-0615273532
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making and Mastering Wood Planes Paperback – 2009
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Of course, what this book excels at is describing how to build a Krenov-style wooden plane which may be nearer a tool used by Romans 2000 years ago than our modern electric planes, but it finishes wood with unsurpassed efficiency and exactitude.
The only two minor omissions are a Janka hardness listing of appropriate plane-making woods and a mention of Hock Tools as a plane iron option, in addition to the author's own firm. In fact, Hock sells a Krenov-style plane kit for those who are too busy or lazy to complete a first one unassisted.
I am really amazed by this clearly written book. In less than 200 pages, with a modest list of tools, Finck details the process of wooden plane design and construction. He also covers the use and care of all the associated tools that go into the building, sharpening, and use of the planes. So many woodworking techniques and topics are covered that the text would make a great introduction and reference to wood working, while encouraging readers to make their own tools.
Topics included are: Selecting, preparing, and properly marking stock, tuning up a bandsaw, grinding/sharpening of irons and chisels, making your own marking knives and plane hammers, clamping and glue-ups, workbench use, pinch dogs and shooting boards, scraper sharpening and use, and planing techniques for stock preparation and edge joining. The list goes on and on.
I couldn't recommend it more.
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.
I bought it so I could learn how to make krenov style planes.
Lots of good information
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am retired, and I don't know if I will be able to absorb all of Finck's wonderful information in my lifetime. It is a tome well worth reading, again...and again...and again...Published 14 months ago by Lester C. Scafidi
It was OK, contained what I feel was extraneous information. I would have liked specific dimensions for several sizes of planes rather than a general overview. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Darrel Campbell
The writer is obviously very well versed in all aspects of wooden planes .Well organized easy to read! A good investment!Published on June 3, 2013 by robert dodson
Being new to hand tools I decided to build some of my own. This book has been a huge help. My only disappointment is that the types of planes shown is very limited.Published on January 6, 2013 by Peppersvnv