Handplanes #1: My book for new handplane users

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Blog entry by CobblerMtn posted 06-14-2016 02:57 PM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In April, I published a book based on the classes I teach at Woodcraft on using and restoring handplanes. The book is entitled Choosing and Using Handplanes: All You Need to Know to Get Started Planing by Hand. It’s a good resource for beginning handplane users but it also has tables and reference information more experienced users will find helpful.

The book, which runs to 90 pages and has nearly 100 color illustrations, covers the following topics:

- The types of handplanes, their names and functions
- The first planes you should get
- How to set up and adjust your planes
- How to sharpen your plane blades
- The kinds of sharpening stones
- The different bevels you’ll want on your blades
- How to hold your work for planing
- The body positions that work best
- How to determine the direction to plane boards
- How to plane cupped, bowed, and twisted boards
- How to plane end grain
- How to buy and restore old planes
- How to store and care for your planes
- Sources of new and used handplanes
- How to solve handplane problems

You can order the book from, or Highland Woodworking.

If you read the book, I’d love to hear your reactions and I hope there will be some reviews posted for others to see.

-- Norm, Virginia

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#1 posted 06-15-2016 01:13 PM

Thanks Norm – I’m a beginner and this looks very interesting.
Have a good day,

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#2 posted 06-15-2016 01:46 PM

+ 1 for this book, I have it and its excellent, it covers it all .

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