- 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 (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,071 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.
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 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.
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Definitive guide to handmade Krenov planes, other than Krenov himselfPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
In the interests of "writing short," I'm simply going to summarize my feelings, up front, by saying "This is a fantastic book. Buy it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wardster
Excellent book - purchased 2nd hand and took 3 weeks to deliver (don't know why). Anyway very good book.Published 5 months ago by Kayuta
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 20 months ago by Lester C. Scafidi
I thought it was lacking a lot of important information and really only explains the construction of a few plains. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark Siler
This is a good, serious book. I'm not sure if David Finck is overprecise (his shavings are super-thin) but if you can make something that will do what he says you can do, you... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been a wood worker / carpenter for many years, building boats, furniture, cabinetry and homes. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by C. Blust