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Forum topic by mpmitche posted 04-02-2010 10:39 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2010 10:39 PM

I’d like to get a DVD to help me learn how to work with my hand planes more. I would like to use them to finish coarse lumber for my projects. I was thinking about coarse, medium, fine from Chris Schwarz or rough to ready from rob cosman. Any recommendations on which is better or if there is something else even better than these two?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 10:45 PM

Both are excellent; you won’t go wrong choosing either one of these.


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#2 posted 04-02-2010 11:01 PM

Both are really good but I think as far as hands on showing you how to do it, Cosman’s may edge out the Schwarz. One thing to consider is that both of these available for rent at as one or two viewings will be all that it would take to get the gist. I can also recommend any of the numerous online video sources out there. I know I have covered this a few times in my own podcast from flattening and edge jointing to flattening both sides completely by hand. I am not the only one who has tackled this topic. Feel free to email me at if you have specific questions. I’d be happy to do a short video too to upload here on LJ. Almost all of my work is done by hand these days.

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 03:01 AM

There are many dvd’s that are really good ones and you have picked two that are super. MickeyD and I have bought dvd’s and have a large library of them. We have have watched them 50 times or more, and we still watch them. As we learn and grow in our knowledge and skills and then watch the dvd’s again we pick up something that we had not learned before. MickeyD just commented that she really likes Lonnie Bird’s dvd on hand planes… ...on hand planes we have several and each has taught us something different, each gives a different view, a different way of doing things…

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 03:47 PM

Shannon, I’d love to see you do a short video so let me know if you do one. When I get my itunes working again I’m going to check your podcast out as well. And thank you all for the help, I still don’t know which video I’ll get but at least now I know they are both good. I might check out the library and see if they have one of them before I buy. I hadn’t thought about renting or borrowing until you brought it up.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 07:59 PM

Chris Schwarz I have it and it is excellent!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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