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Review by WayneC posted 12-04-2009 11:53 PM 3670 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking tools by Michael Dunbar
256 pages.
Published in 1989

This is an excellent book that I have had in my library for quite a while. It is currently out of print, so it has become quite expensive on the second hand market. You can find it on or

The book is well written with lots of photographs to illustrate the author’s points. He covers information about why and how to select old tools and then goes in detail in selecting, restoring and using the tools. He covers planes, chisels, spokeshaves, saws, etc.

In my opinion one of the things that sets this book apart from other books and the information on the web is the information on selecting and restoring wooden and transitional planes. Armed with this information, you will be better able select tools that are restorable, restore them and put them to use.

Highly recommended if you have added hand tools to your woodworking toolkit or are planning to and you would like to work with vintage tools.

One of my “restored” planes…
Stanley Bedrock 605 Handplane - After Side

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 01:17 PM

Thanks Wayne, sounds a good book to have.

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