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Working with Handplanes: The New Best of Fine Woodworking Paperback – February 9, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: New Best of Fine Woodworking
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (February 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561587486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561587483
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fine Woodworking has been publishing the best woodworking information for small shop woodworkers since 1975.

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Scrapers and planes are explained very well, how to set up, tune and use them.
Kerry Pierce
Good book but a lot of repetition within each chapter, still great information on a variety of planes and techniques.
Simon Mckoy
I have read many books from the New Best of Fine Woodworking series and this is among the best of them.
Scott Pointon

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lauer on October 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Readers should note that this book is part of a series that is a collection of articles by various authors. So, as a previous reviewer has stated, you sometimes will revisit a topic from a different author's perspective. That said, I really enjoyed this book. I began using hand planes about a year ago and had mixed results. After reading 'Working with Handplanes' I had a better sense of my planes and their use. I took the advice and "tuned-up" a new plane that I was fairly happy with. The result was a plane that performed substantially better.

It seems that for most woodworkers the use of handplanes is a lost art. That's too bad because planes have been around for centuries and are still around simply because they work well. If you're interested in using planes I highly recommend this book as a starting point to have your plane work as it should.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Pointon VINE VOICE on December 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read many books from the New Best of Fine Woodworking series and this is among the best of them. Though this is really just a collection of articles written by many different authors surrounding the general theme, there is a lot of very valuable information here. As always with Taunton, the writing/editing is excellent and the color photographs and illustrations are quite good. In my mind, this "collection of articles" approach is even more valuable than a book by a single author. The reason for this is that as you read expert advice from many woodworking pros, you get the sense that they don't all agree on everything. In my mind this is one of the most important lessons to learn... woodworking methods and techniques are an extension of the woodworker and as such there is no single "right way" of doing things.

As for downsides to this book, it can get a bit tedious to read about tuning a block plane for the fifth time if you grasped the concept the first time it was mentioned. Fortunately there is a lot of information given beyond just the basics of tuning and maintaining your planes, including actual techniques to employ in various situations.

All in all, I highly recommend this book as an excellent resource to all beginner to intermediate woodworkers interested in beefing up their hand plane skills and anyone else interested in a tool that mankind has been using for thousands of years...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Weber VINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
You can find some usefull piece of information in this book. The illustrations are great.

Because this book is composed of a series of articles you feel that the text is disorganized and sometimes hard to follow.
You also keep feeling that you read the same stuff over and over again, plane with the grain, tune your plane.

This is not a bad book just not my style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kenney on May 26, 2013
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This book met all of my expectations. It covered hand planes from the basics to the more exotic planes available. I especially appreciated the explanations for how to use all the different planes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Robinson VINE VOICE on October 24, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As pointed out there are differing POV expressed here which is useful. I am not sure that some of the material is relevant--spoke shaves for instance. There is an article on the Stanley 55 that I fond interesting but the 55 has been out of production for years. It is uncommon to say the least selling on the used market for $800 to $1100 when you can find a complete one. The other problem is that someone new to bench planes will only find the relevant data on use and adjustment by going through three articles. Also while I agree with one author about folks obsessing about sharpening he and the others promote oil stones which are largely irrelevant anymore. Further no one mentions the radius that should be used on various plane irons, but just rounding the edges of the iron. One author mentions having problems with a scrub plane; but he didn't radius the iron to the 3" that is necessary for these planes. Also the differences between bevel up and bevel down planes were not mentioned nor was the use of a slight relief bevel opposite the main bevel. Also some of the information is rather out of date; e.g. Lie-Nielsen makes 3 scraper planes the 112, 212 and 85; not just one (also the price quoted is wrong). One unfortunate omission is that there is no mention or evaluation of sharpening systems. For instance the Work Sharp WS2000 Tool Sharpener and its ilk are useless for sharpening plane irons as the available abrasives are not nearly fine enough and as the 25º sharpening port (1 3/8" max) is far too small for anything but small block plane irons ad they are generally to short to use it. At least an article on how to select a sharpening system would be handy.

Over all a good reference and worth while book with a lot of good information.
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