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05-10-2020 02:43 AM

I find myself wanting to learn more about hand planes, maybe even replacing a couple of power tools with hand tools.
Are there any books out there that can help me understand all the different types and uses of hand planes and how to sharpen and keep sharp the blades?

Thanks, Chris


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#1 posted 05-10-2020 02:57 AM

This is a great book, covers all the main hand tools, and his videos are top notch as well:
https://rokesmith.com/product/essential-woodworking-hand-tools-book/

This is probably the best book on just hand planes:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1561587125/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1561587125&linkCode=as2&tag=woodandshop-20

There is another book about just hand planes that I saw at Rockler. I don’t own it but looked through in the store and it looked good.

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#2 posted 05-10-2020 07:41 AM

Before spending a lot of $$$$$ check the library. I don’t know if Michigan has a state library like Ohio does, but it opens it up from just what you can get locally to a statewide thing, with a HUGE amount of material.

https://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/

Plus if you have broadband connection, go to You tube, there you can both see, and hear what they are doing, as they show you. You can check, adjusting, and using. Sharpening blades, and any number of search phrases to get different parts of the whole.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=adjusting%2C+and+using+hand+planes

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#3 posted 05-10-2020 10:06 AM

‘Hand planes’ is a big topic. Haven’t seen one piece of literature that summarizes everything well enough for me to buy a copy? lol

While you wait for book to be delivered, try these LJ blogs:

OSU55 - HandPlanes
OSU55 - Handplane Performance Tuning

knotscott - Good Quality Hand Planes On a Budget

Willeh - Hand Plane Revival

HokieKen - How I Do Hand Plane Rehabs

mafe - Hand plane DIY blog

Don W Blogs
And his website: https://www.timetestedtools.net/

WoodandShop - 10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools

And the bible on Stanley Hand Plane numbers:
Superior Tool Works: Patrick's Blood and Gore

The above list are only ones I remember.
There are more blogs and sites that discuss hand tools for beginners.

Enjoy your adventure!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#4 posted 05-10-2020 10:22 AM

The Paul Sellers book is very good.
He also has a lot of free information (written and video) on his blog and on the sites
“common woodworking” and “woodworking masterclasses”
the first is free, the other one has a free section; although one has to register for both.

You will notice that Paul Sellers uses only a #4 plane in 99% of his work.
Don’t embark on buying a lot of different planing planes (at least not for a start).

useful:
- a #4 bench plane;
- a router plane;
- a plough plane;
- a rabbet plane:

With this limited set, you can do pretty much everything (except complex molding).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#5 posted 05-10-2020 05:37 PM

I was cruising around today, and ran across this video from Tom McLaughlin, the new Rough Cut guy. Runs about 1 hour. He talks about planes in general for the first 7 minutes, then starts into a #5 Stanley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utgqRRQeBok

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#6 posted 05-10-2020 10:18 PM

WOW, Thanks to all for the info. This is some great info and has me “geeked” up to learn more about these hand tools.

I have a shoe for a #7 Bailey joiner plane, that’s all, just the shoe. Where can I look for parts to rebuild this tool. The wooden parts I can do just fine, but I’m wondering about the iron and other metal parts?

Chris

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#7 posted 05-10-2020 11:48 PM

nhplaneparts….an ebay store, for one source

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#8 posted 05-11-2020 12:30 AM

Lately there have been a few more guys selling Stanley parts on ebay. For the iron and chip breaker you can buy Hock ones.

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#9 posted 05-11-2020 12:38 AM



Lately there have been a few more guys selling Stanley parts on ebay. For the iron and chip breaker you can buy Hock ones.

- corelz125


I’m not sure what that is? (Hock )

Chris

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#10 posted 05-11-2020 12:47 AM

Check out Rob Cosman.

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#12 posted 05-11-2020 01:12 AM

Chris, Be very careful!!! once you go down this road, hand planes can become a serious addiction. I started only needing one and have ended up with over 50 and I’m still searching for more!

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#13 posted 05-11-2020 01:21 AM



Chris, Be very careful!!! once you go down this road, hand planes can become a serious addiction. I started only needing one and have ended up with over 50 and I m still searching for more!

- BurlyBob


LOL BurlyBob….too late, I’m seriously hooked on this tool and hand tools in general. I can see in the future unloading my joiner and planner and replacing them with hand planes. I really like the idea of “hands on” woodworking. And I will admit I find the planner and joiner a but scary as it wouldn’t take much to loose a finger or seriously injure yourself.

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#14 posted 05-11-2020 01:24 AM

Addiction alert!

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#15 posted 05-11-2020 01:37 AM

Chris, I’ve had the same issue with planers and joiners. I even lost the tip of one index finger due to my carelessness.
It was the end of the day I was tired and just wanted to finish this one piece. Should have waited till the following morning. I’ve since acquired a Jet 12” combo joiner/planer. Totally love this tool. I also love all my Stanley hand planes. I’ve got several that are my go to planes. The work horses are my 60 1/2 and my 4 1/2. I’ve got a 78 that has been a real godsend when correcting rabbits. I’ve got way more than I need and seriously need to thin the herd. I should get after that and finish my collection with a #1.

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