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Handplane Reference #2: Handplane Related Books

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 2700 days ago 2011 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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Jeff

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#1 posted 2700 days ago

Glad to see you are staying with it, Wayne. I’m bookmarking this for later reference. Thanks.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#2 posted 2700 days ago

Thanks. I’ve been away on business travel and the work days have been much too long lately. I’ve started to work on restoring a #3 bailey and will try to get that up before long.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 2700 days ago

Thanks Wayne. I have 4 of them myself. And will work on getting those others!

Jimmy

-- Jimmy

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#4 posted 2651 days ago

I added a book to the list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 2639 days ago

I added another book

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 2639 days ago

Thanks for this compilation, Wayne! You may get me collecting rust yet!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 2188 days ago

Fifty Years A Planemaker and User
By Cecil E. Pierce

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#8 posted 1741 days ago

Added Handplane Essentials by Christopher Schwarz. Looks like a great book.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 1721 days ago

Added section on where to find books.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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