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Making & Mastering Wood Planes: Revised Edition Paperback – June 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book - purchased 2nd hand and took 3 weeks to deliver (don't know why). Anyway very good book.Published 2 days ago by Kayuta
I thought it was lacking a lot of important information and really only explains the construction of a few plains. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Siler
This is an excellent comprehensive book on not just making and using wooden planes but how to use and set up the tools it takes to build them. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Charles Reveal
I probably spend as much time reading about woodworking as I do actual woodworking. As a consequence, I have read a lot of books. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Michael Allen Porter
The author has reprinted them and they're available at his website for list price.
Hopefully Amazon will carry new copies here ASAP, so I can get a copy with Amazon... Read more
Go google "David Finck" and find his website. The book is only $25 direct from him. Lay flat binding. And, signed by David Finck! What a deal! Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Mark Steven Kowalski
Well it didn't change the way I think about woodworking or even give me an epiphany. But it does tell you everything you need to know to build a plane. Read morePublished on June 2, 2007 by MikeC
POSSIBLY ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BOOKS ON THR MAKING OF WOODEN PLANES MEASUREMENTS AND DESIGN ARE VERY CLEAR AND SO IS THE EXPLANATIONS ON HOW TO MAKE IT . Read morePublished on April 9, 2007 by Fmf Gomes
How about 10 stars?
This is the best "how to" book I have ever read. Bar none. I went out to [...] to look at his Mr. Finck's work and he is the real deal. Read more