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Excellent primer on how to take advantage of your hand planes.

Excellent primer on how to take advantage of your hand planes.

01-20-2008 06:28 PM by ben | 1 comment »

Rather than re-summarize, I will simply agree with the first review about the content and utility, and note that while there’s no earth shattering information, it’s an excellent combination of common sense and history. The video covers plane usage, including the history, the mechanism and the results, as well as discussing plane irons and other details in moderate depth (for example, why some irons have more camber). I have 3 Schwarz videos, and this is probably my favorite. ...

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Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use...everything it's cracked up to be

Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use...everything it's cracked up to be

01-16-2008 05:19 AM by Tomcat1066 | 5 comments »

When I first looked at this book, it was being touted at the end-all, be-all book of workbenches. Now, in all honesty, I don’t know about that. However, I do know that it is one of the most essential books out there for designing a workbench. Schwarz details what he feels are the essential requirements for a workbench based on the type of work one does. For example, a power tool only woodworker can get away with an old door on a couple of saw horses. But for those of us who use h...

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