This is the beginning of a listing of handplane related books. This is primarily intended to be a personal reference. But, please feel free to suggest books if you have any recommendations. I’m especially interested in recommendations for out of print books.
I own and can recommend the following books:
The Handplane Book (Paperback) by Garrett Hack – Excellent book, good coverage of the use of all types of hand planes.
Working with Handplanes (New Best of Fine Woodworking) (Paperback) by Editors of Fine Woodworking – Articles from Fine Woodworking.
Making & Mastering Wood Planes: Revised Edition by David Finck and James Krenov – Great book on how to make hand planes.
Planecraft by C.W. Hampton and E. Clifford. – This is what appears to be a Record Promotional users guide to the planes sold by Record. This is a re-print of a 1911 book.
David Charlesworth's Furniture Making Techniques by Daivd Charlesworth – Good info on tuneing and sharpening planes. Has info on the “Ruler” trick for flattening the back of plane irons.
The Stanley Little Big Book by Clarence Blanchard – Pocket price guide for Stanley Planes that I carry when I am out hunting for planes in Antique Stores and Flea Markets.
Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings) by Aldren A. Watson – Excellent book with information on all types of hand tools. Highly recommended.
Restoring, Tuning & Using Classic Woodworking Tools (Hardcover) by Michael Dunbar
Making & Modifying Woodworking Tools (Paperback) by Jim Kingshott – How to make metal planes.
Handplane Essentials by Christopher Schwarz – I ordered this from the Lee Valley booth at the Sacramento woodworking show. It should be here in the next two weeks. I am a big fan of Christopher Schwarz’s work.
My wish list:
The Seven Essentials of Woodworking By Anthony Guidice – Lots of general handtool info including planes
The Stanley plane: A history and descriptive inventory (Unknown Binding) by Alvin Sellens – The stanley plane bible.
Good Places to find books
Half.com – discount book sales affilliated with eBay
Astragal Press – Seller of tool and craft related books
Amazon.com – Large web retailer with new and used books.
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