Woodworker's Guide to Handplanes

A 'must have' book for anyone who loves and uses handplanes.

Woodworker's Guide to Handplanes

Woodworker's Guide to Handplanes



Scott Wynn has been designing and making furniture since 1975; you can see samples of his work here; none too shabby. He's also a licensed Contractor and an Architect. And, judging from the drawings that he's done for this book, he's quite the talented illustrator.
 
A quick initial thumb through the book got my saliva flowing. There are a lot of excellent photos of all manner of hand planes, but what really caught my eye were the illustrations. Over 300 of them pepper the book. The writing style is crisp and clean. And, at 317 pages, this is a hefty book that covers just about every aspect of hand planing, with a focus on the more commonly used planes.
 
There is a very interesting section on the differences between smoothing with sandpaper and hand planes, a section on the different types of steel use in plane blades, and an excellent and very detailed discourse on plane anatomy. Wynn then covers, in consummate detail, the nature of some of the most commonly used hand planes. After reading these sections you'll be in a much better position to go out and purchase your first set of planes. The book is rounded out with sections on fine tuning and sharpening planes, how to use planes for common planing tasks, how to make and use shooting boards, and how to make wood bodied planes.
 
If you're new to woodworking, and think that you might want to begin using hand planes at some point in time, then get this book. For the life of me, I can't see that you'd be disappointed with it. Ditto for anyone who has been working wood, but still feels uncomfortable using hand planes. There might even be some tidbits of information here that seasoned woodworkers can benefit from.


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CHAPTERS:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Smooth
  • Chapter 2: Sharp
  • Chapter 3: Plane Anatomy
  • Chapter 4: Bench Planes
  • Chapter 5: Three More Planes
  • Chapter 6: Styles of Planes
  • Chapter 7: Joinery Planes
  • Chapter 8: Planes for Shaping Wood
  • Chapter 9: Choosing Your First Planes
  • Chapter 10: Plane Setup
  • Chapter 11: Sharpening Plane Blades
  • Chapter 12: Bench Work
  • Chapter 13: Making & Using Shooting Boards
  • Chapter 14: Making & Modifying Planes
  • Index
PUBLISHER:Fox Chapel Publishing
AVAILABLE FROM:Your local bookseller or online
RETAIL PRICE:$41.00
FORMAT:Softcover, 317 pages
ISBN:978-1565234536
YEAR PUBLISHED:2010
AUTHOR:Scott Wynn

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