Stanley No. 5

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Blog entry by michaelray posted 03-20-2010 02:21 PM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I’ve made the effort to learn more about hand planes so I’ve posted some of that info over on my personal blog. I’ve been reading and watching the recent book and DVD by Christopher Schwarz and I can tell you I feel like I’ve went up another level in my woodworking skills. My limited success has given me the confidence and excitement to continue pursuing the use of hand planes. I’m by no means a hand tool only woodworker and probably never will be, kudos to those of you who are, you have my undying respect. That being said I think the hand plane deserves a place of prominence, at least in my shop, among all the power tools.

I’m planning to do a review of the book and DVD mentioned above when I get a moment in the near future. The short of it is – It was well worth it.

From Sawdust

Here you can find some more info and photos.

As always – thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 03-20-2010 02:27 PM

looken forward to the review chris knows his stuff. if you like his stuff you’ll also like david charlesworth’s books and dvds too very informative.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 03-20-2010 02:37 PM

Nice resto on the plane!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 06:42 PM

bigike, thanks for the info on the David Charlesworth books. I checked out information on them at Amazon and now plan to get them this week. Further excellent planing information is on the Jim Kingshott video “Bench Planes: Tools and Techniques from a Master Woodworker”. The techniques he shows taught me to accurately square and dimension boards with hand planes. I get a great sense of accomplishment taking a warped and twisted board and turning it into square and true useful piece using hand tools alone.

I look forward to the reviews on Christopher Schwarz. I’ve found the books I’ve gotten by him to be quite good and am interested in hearing about the DVD.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#4 posted 03-21-2010 04:05 AM

For anyone interested in the review mentioned above I’ve posted it here.

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