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Making & Mastering Wood Planes: Revised Edition Paperback – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Revised edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140272022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402720222
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,280 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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David Finck was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1961. His father's efforts at instrument making piqued David's interest, and so, he built his first guitar while still in college. This turned out to be a transforming experience, sparking a passion for wood and craftsmanship. Subsequently, after graduating from Berkeley, that ember truly caught fire with two years of instruction under reknowned craftsman, author, and teacher, James Krenov. Since 1986, David has been designing and building guitars, fine furniture, and lighting fixtures. Since 2013 he has been devoting his time solely to violin making. David maintains a commitment for passing along his woodworking knowledge through teaching and writing, and lately, videography.

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I was very happy to see that this book is back in print!
C. Cerney
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.
M. L Strickland
This book will teach you everything you need to know to build a better tool than you can buy.
Rich

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. James on November 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Cerney on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
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!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rich on September 15, 2005
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Samuel on December 14, 2005
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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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. L Strickland VINE VOICE on January 10, 2007
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William D. DeWitt on August 4, 2005
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The book, "Making & Mastering Wood Planes" was in great condition. The contents were more than I had expected. This became my guide for making my first hand plane, a functional beauty. The technical guidance was indispensable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Everett G. Hurst on November 28, 2008
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As you can see the prices are WAY out if line. I spoke with Mr. Finck and told him of the robbery people are trying to pull off on these book prices. FEAR NOT. David will be self publishing this book in the near future....go to [...] and send him a note that you are in the market for this book at a reasonable price and you will be added to a list.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mitton on December 20, 2005
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Another great reference for any of us who have been inspired by Krenov. I've made several planes through the years after reading Krenov's books and this certainly helps the process. The instructions are clear and there is multitude of photos to add detail. There are added helps about using and tuning planes both homemade and purchased. A real help in any woodshop. Continues the philosophy of `doing' something with thought and skill rather than `just making a bunch of stuff.'
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