|Review by PurpLev||posted 02-04-2009 12:53 AM||4026 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
I have recently started using the local library service and gotten a lot of reading material, from the taunton press, popular woodworking publishing, and others (japanese woodworking and such), and while some were a nice ‘introductory’ level material, others excelled at the level of knowledge, the ease to grasp it, and the relevance it had when trying to apply it to the everyday woodworking experience. This one was one of them!
While some books bore you (me) with endless stories about the history or tools, this one actually made the stories interesting by keeping them relevant to the currently discussed chapter/subject, keeping them short (relatively), and making them interesting. the book talks about everything there is about hand planes, from their origins, and the different types of hand planes, the differences between hand planes and why one would be better than another…
The book stars by stating that it is a user-manual to handplanes, and it IS. it tells you what you need to know about all the parts in the handplane, what they are for, their importance, and how to tune / not-tune each part for best performance of the plane.
The book also covers how to use hand planes, from body position and stance, to the motion you need to perform to get consistent and good cutting action with planes.
Lastly, and this part I really appreciated- although its a fact that is always there, and was never really hidden – reading it kinda “clicked” something inside. Garrett states in the book that the surface a handplane leaves is superior to any other surfacer out there – sanding will scratch the surface, and a jointer/planer WILL leave (finely) wavy surface as the cutters are moting in a circular movement, but a handplane will shave the surface to a perfect smooth single plane. kinda made me wanna get up at midnight and start planing some boards…
definitely worth reading. one of the best woodworking books I’ve read ever!
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